Two Maoists, including a woman, were killed in an exchange of fire between security personnel and the Naxalites in Odisha’s Malkangiri district on Sunday, police said.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of Special Operation Group personnel launched a combing operation in Swabhiman Anchal, a remote part of the Bhubaneshwar, earlier in the day, police official Abhay told reporters.
Maoists fired at the security personnel, who then retaliated killing two of them on the spot and the rest managed to flee the scene, he said.
The personnel have recovered two guns and Maoist articles from the spot. They have intensified combing operations in the area to flush out extremists from Swabhiman Anchal, the police chief said.
The woman cadre, who was in uniform, appeared to be holding an important position, and the other, who has been identified as D Ramesh, was a CPI (Maoist) area commander, he said.
“The state government is committed to free the Swabhiman Anchal from Maoists, and we urge them to surrender,” the state police chief said.
A woman Maoist was killed in a gunfight with security personnel in Kandhamal district on December 11.