Odisha: 5 killed in crossfire during police-Maoist encounter

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Bhubaneswar: In an unfortunate incident, five villagers, including two women and a minor boy, were reportedly killed during exchange of fire between Special Operation Group (SOG) jawans and Maoists near Gumudumaha village under Baliguda police limits in Odisha’s Kandhamal district last night.

Reports said that the villagers were returning to their village while they were going by the forest in Tunudibandh.The fateful incident occurred in a dense forest when the Central Reserve Police Force, Government of India (CRPF) personnel were busy in exchange of fire with Maoists. Meanwhile, security forces launched search operation in the area.

“The local police had intelligence inputs that some Maoists will pass on the route late in the evening. Along with the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the security personnel had positioned themselves for an ambush on the rebels. The SP informed that detail information on the incident was awaited.

“Since the spot where the exchange of fire took place happens to be an inaccessible pocket and there is no mobile network, we are still not clear about the detailed casualty. Our men are in touch with the local villagers. We will surely probe if the people were killed in the firing by security personnel or Maoists,” the SP said.

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