Over 50 policemen feared drowned after Naxal attack in Orissa

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Malkangiri, June 29 : Over 50 policemen belonging to the anti-naxal force of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa police were feared drowned in Balimela reservoir in Orissa's Malkangiri district on Sunday.

Over 64 policemen travelling in a boat were fired upon from top of a nearby hill by the naxalites.

The rebels managed to overturn the boat by targeting its operator after an exchange of fire between the two sides.

As a result over 50 policemen are still missing.

The policemen were on a joint operation in Chitrakonda when the boat overturned, State Director General of Police (DGP) Gopal Nanda said.

While eight security personnel managed to swim out, a search operation has been started to trace the missing ones.

Malkangiri Superintendent of Police S K Gajbhiye said some caps used by the personnel were recovered from the 40-meter deep reservoir.

Eight personnel who swam ashore and sustained bullet injuries have been admitted to the hospital. Fire brigade personnel and police force have launched a search operation to find clues about the missing personnel.

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