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Three Maoists arrested in Orissa, explosives seized

Malkangiri, Jan. 30 (PTI): Three Maoists, including two women cadres, have been arrested and a large quantity of explosives and electronic detonators seized from the jungles of Karmaguda, about 80 km from here.

On a tip off last night, police and the special operation group (SOG) personnel had launched a joint combing operation in the forests during which the armed radicals opened fire at security personnel, forcing them to return fire, Superintendent of Police Himanshu Kumar Lal said.
The gunbattle continued for over an hour during which a total of 280 rounds were fired, including 50 by the ultras, Lal said.

When the ultras tried to flee the area under the cover of darkness, security personnel caught three of them.

The nabbed Maoists had been identified as Mangamma, Laxmi and Ramesh and they belonged to popular 'Naxal Dalam' active along the Orissa-Andhra Pradesh border.

Other devices seized by the police from the spot included fuse wires, cellphones, wll phones, computer equipment, besides Maoist literatures printed in Telugu.

Combing operation in the area had been intensified, the SP added.

India police in 'shooting mishap'

Two police patrols in south-east India have fired on each other by mistake, leaving one policeman dead and two others injured, police say.

They said the patrols both believed they were coming under attack from Maoist rebels active in the area.

The incident took place in dense forest in the state of Andhra Pradesh, near the border with Chattisgarh.

The area is a stronghold of the Maoists, who have been waging an armed campaign for four decades.


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posted by Bimal 31.1.07,


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