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Two die in Maoist-CRPF gunbattle

Posted by Indian Vanguard on April 30, 2007

Malkangiri • At least two people died and four others were injured in a gunbattle between Maoist rebels and a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) team in south Orissa’s Malkangiri district yesterday afternoon, police said.

The incident took place at the weekly market of MV 79 village, 70 km from the district headquarters of Malkangiri and some 700km from state capital Bhubaneswar, in the afternoon, sub-divisional police officer Satyabrata Bhoi said. The armed CRPF jawans had gone to market on duty as part of the security measures.
A group of Maoists fired at a person who had come to the market. When the man fell on the ground, the CRPF team rushed to the spot and retaliated, he said.
A Maoist and a CRPF personnel were killed in the gun battle, Bhoi said.
Local police also rushed to the spot and joined the CRPF team in the operation.
One AK-47 rifle was seized from the slain rebel. A woman Maoist was also arrested from the spot, he said. At least four people including three CRPF personnel and a villager sustained injuries in the shootout. They were rushed to the nearest hospital for treatment.

Additional police forces were moved to the area to nab the Maoists who later fled to a nearby jungle, the official said.

The Peninsula


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