Police encounter guns 9 Maoists; seize explosives

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Bhubaneswar, Jan 9: At-least nine Maoists were gunned down in an encounter in Rayagada district in Orissa in early hours of Sunday, Jan 9.

According to sources a police team raided Kashipur-Kalyansinghpur border area, based on a reliable information about the presence of the ultras there. After the gun-battle police recovered explosive materials and bodies of nine slain Maoists.

In another incident on Sunday, Maoists blew-up railway cabin signal point in Orissa. After the attack Maoists left number of posters that demanded the central govt to stop the anti-Maoist operation Green Hunt and the release of Dr Binayak Sen.

Read: Maoists attack on railway cabin signal point in Orissa

Sources said that police are conducting series of encounter across the state. At-least 23 Maoists would have been killed over the last two-months in the police encounter.

However, Human Rights group and the state unit of BJP alleged that many innocent people has been killed in so-called encounters.

Two civilians were killed in a gun battle between police and Maoists on Dec 20, 2010. BJP demanded a strict action against all those involved in the encounter, including police officials. Also demanded CBI probe into the incident and Rs 25 lakh compensation to each victim's family.

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