Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bloody encounter with Maoists: SI killed

Express News Services

First Published : 16 Jun 2009 04:05:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 16 Jun 2009 11:01:06 AM IST

SAMBALPUR: Monday’s encounter between the security forces and the Maoists saw the amateur preparedness of the Government in taking on the rebels. Sub-Inspector Narsingha Mahakud (54) took a Naxal bullet on his head during the operation which began in the morning at Kantasahi forest in Gariakhaman under Kisinda police station. Mahakud died on the spot.

Three other jawans were injured.

According to information, Mahakud was leading a team in the combing operation when he was hit by a bullet. The Maoists had laid a trap.

After Sunday’s encounter, the Maoists were surrounded by the security forces. But the radicals took up positions at different points to misguide the cops and launched an attack from all sides.

The security forces, however, retaliated in Tampergarh under Jujomura police station, Gariakhaman and Gaihatihati forest in Dhalpur under Kisinda police station.

The casualties on the Maoists’ side are yet to be ascertained.

Combing operation is continuing in the area. The security personnel were on routine patrolling this morning after yesterday’s exchange of fire. Today’s encounter continued for five hours.

The slain SI hailed from Champamal village in Birmaharajpur sub-division of Sonepur district.

Mahakud was considered an expert in anti-Naxal operation. He was deployed in Kisinda police station.

IG (NR) Y B Khurania and Sambalpur SP Sanjay Kumar are monitoring the operation.

An exchange of fire had taken place in a forest area near Tamparsingha village in Meghpal grampanchayat under Jujomura police limits on Saturday night. Police reportedly seized some explosives.

It is believed that the Maoists had planned to blow up the Meghpal police outpost.

Last year in January, there was an exchange of fire between the security forces and Maoists near Badibahal in Badpati forest under Jamankira police limits in which two rebels were gunned down while three others managed to flee.

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