Fierce encounter with fleeing Naxalites near Kandhmal

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Berhampur, Orissa, Feb 16 (UNI) The Special Operation group, accompanied by the Orissa State Armed Police(OSAP) jawans, was today engaged in a fierce encounter with fleeing Naxalites from Nayagarh near Gasama village in Kandhamal district bordering Ganjam.

About 200 armed Naxalites, who proceeded to Gasama after blowing up the Gallery police outpost, by three 407 mini truck, five Tata Sumo, one Bolero and ten motor cycles, were not able to proceed beyond Gasama as there was no road communication to Kandhamal district, police here said.

The Naxalites had blocked the road at two places on 25-km-long Bhanjanagar-Gallery road.

But DIG of Police Southern Range R P Cooche, Ganjam Superintendent of Police Suresh Debadutta Singh, Berhampur Superintendent of Police Nitinjit Singh, officer-in-charge of three police stations along with four platoons of OSAP had rushed to Gasama bordering Ganjam district.

''The encounter is on and we heard explosion sounds like crackers and light flames from a distance,'' a local resident of Gasama said.

The Naxalites had entered Gallery from Daspalla via Nuagaon and Kutrasingh in Kandhamal.

There was no escape route from Gasama in Kandhamal district, 14 km from Gallery except coming back to Gallery, sources said.

Meanwhile, police had detained two Maoists, including one woman from Ranikiary forest near Bhanjanagar and have started interrogating them for their possible links with the Naxalites involved in yesterday's attack at Nayagarh.


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