Two Special Operations Group commandos were injured in an encounter with Maoists in Kandhamal district of Odisha on Saturday.
Two Special Operations Group commandos were injured in an encounter between Maoist and security forces in Kandhamal district of Odisha on Saturday. With the help of the CRPF, they were airlifted in a chopper to the state capital Bhubaneswar for medical treatment. A doctor accompanied them. Their condition is stable at present.
They sustained bullet injuries during an exchange of fire with Red Ultras in the Boudh-Kandhamal border area in Odisha.
As per reports, an operation was launched under Gochapada police station of Kandhamal district on July 9 based on reliable input. During the combing operation, Maoists allegedly opened fire on the security forces on Saturday morning. A fierce encounter followed, during which heavy ammunition was reportedly used by the Ultras.
Some Maoists are suspected to have been injured when the security forces fired in retaliation.
The combing operation in the area has been intensified.
Meanwhile, Odisha Director General of Police Abhay, Director Intelligence Lalit Das, Inspector General (Operation) Amitabh Thakur and Deputy Inspector General SIW Anirudh Kumar Singh were on a tour to Malkangiri and Koraput districts to review anti-left wing extremism work. Their programme was changed as a result of the encounter. The helicopter landed in Padelpada in Boudh district to airlift the injured commandos
The Odisha Director General of Police Abhay, who was on a tour to Malkangiri and Koraput districts, changed his programme and diverted his chopper to Boudh to airlift the jawans. The DGP along with senior police officials, who were on a tour to Malkangiri and Koraput districts to review anti-LWE work, when heard the news at Sunabeda, changed their programme and rushed to Padelpada in Boudh.
An IAF (Indian Air Force) helicopter was also requisitioned but could not make it because of bad weather en route. But, the BSF pilot immediately took an alternative route and landed at a very small place named Padelpada, and successfully airlifted the injured jawans, the DGP informed.
He thanked the doctor of Kantamal PHC, who immediately came for the service, even without changing his dress.
Now, both the commandos are under treatment at AIIMS Bhubaneswar and stated to be stable. Operation has been intensified in the area, the police said.