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Three ultras and two police killed in encounter - Naveen

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Bhubaneswar, Mar 24 (UNI) Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said more than three Left wing extremists and two policemen were killed during an encounter in R Udayagiri early this morning.

Making a statement in the Assembly, Mr Patnaik said over 200 heavily armed Left wing extremists attacked the Orissa State Armed Police(OSAP) camp, police station, sub-jail and Treasury of the R Udayagiri block of Gajapati district.

He said the extremists managed to overpower the Officer-in-Charge of police station R K Mallick and Sub-Jail Superintendent R N Sethy and threatened to kill them if the OSAP did not cease fire.

Mr Patnaik said perceiving the threat to the life of the Officer -in-Charge and the sub-jail superintendent, the OSAP ceased fire. The militants took away the weapons of the OSAP, overpowered the wardens of the jail and freed nearly 40 inmates.

The Chief Minister said during the encounter, two policemen were killed and as many injured.

The militants also suffered more than three casualties during the retaliatory firing by the OSAP.

The ultras, however, carried away the dead bodies and the injured fellow naxalites besides the Officer-in-Charge and the Superintendent of jail.

Mr Patnaik said the attackers were speaking Telegu, Hindi and Saura languages and it was suspected that they were from Vijayanagaram district of Andhra Pradesh.

The Chief Minister said Deputy Inspector General of Police (Southern Range) had proceeded to R Udayagiri with reinforcement and the CRPF and OSAP had been mobilised to take steps to free the kidnapped officials.

He further said arrangements were being made to make payment of ex-gratia to the next of the kin of the deceased policemen and provide other admissible support to the family members.

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