Koraput: Director General of Police (DGP) Dr Rajendra Prasad Sharma on Friday visited Koraput and hailed the district police for its successful anti-Maoist operation on Wednesday in which five wanted Maoists, including three women cadres were gunned down in an encounter in Padua area.
“It is one of the best anti-Maoist operations. All the five Maoists who were killed in the Wednesday’s encounter were involved in the murder of a MLA and ex-MLA in Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh,” said the DGP.
Notably, a group of 50-60 Maoists gunned down Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLA Kidari Sarvewara Rao of Araku constituency and former MLA Siveri Soma in September last year at Livitiput village in Visakhapatnam district.
The identities of all the deceased Maoists have been established. They all were carrying rewards on their heads, said Sharma. Special DG (Intelligence) Sunil Ray, ADGP (Operations) RP Koche was present at the review meeting.
Notably, at least five Maoists, including three women cadres, were gunned down in an encounter with Special Operations Group (SOG), District Voluntary Force (DVF) personnel in Kituba area under Padua police station in Koraput district on Wednesday.
The encounter took place which started at about 2.45 pm lasted for 30-40 minutes.
The cadres, whose identities are yet to be established, are reportedly belonged to the Nandapur Area Committee of Koraput division.
Four sophisticated weapons, two INSAS rifle and two self loading rifles (SLRs), kit bags, battery charger, solar panel and other camp articles were also recovered from the spot.