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Maoist killed on eve of Orissa polls

Malkangiri: A suspected Maoist was killed in Malkangiri district on the eve of the three-tier panchayat polls in Orissa on Monday. The first phase of the polls is scheduled to be held on Tuesday.

The incident took place around 9-30 a.m. when a police party was heading for the Badigata polling booth under Kalimela police station of Malkangiri. A polling party expected to follow the police team later in the day.

As the extremists opened fire at the policemen from inside the Kurup forests, the security personnel fired at them killing the extremist on the spot. The exchange of fire between the extremists and the security personnel continued for nearly half-an-hour.
The police claimed to have recovered grenade, explosives, literatures, kit bags and polythene sheets from the spot.

Sources said that more number of extremists may have been injured in police firing in the encounter.

The Maoists had earlier given a call for boycotting the panchayat polls in the region.
The incident has created panic among the polling parties that were to conduct the polls at different polling booths in the naxal-infested areas on Tuesday.

The naxalites had killed a Havildar of the Central Reserve Police Force on January 26. The police had then intensified their combing operation and arrested several suspected Maoists.


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posted by Resistance 13.2.07,


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