Security forces kill five Maoist rebels in India 

India, Maoist rebels

New Delhi, Jan 5: At least five Maoist rebels have been killed in an encounter with security forces in India’s Odisha state’s Malkangiri district.

According to initial reports, the encounter began early on Monday morning and is said to be still continuing at Paparmetla, Jattangi and near Balimela.

Following a tip-off that the Maoists from various wings such as Kalimela Dalam of Odisha, the East Division of Andhra-Odisha border and from Chhattisgarh were holding a plenary, the security forces comprising the Greyhounds, the CRPF’s CoBRA commandos, Special Operation Group of Odisha and the BSF, led a joint operation, the Hindu reported.

A senior police officer said that the forces had specific information that central committee member of the Maoists, Ramakrishna alias RK was addressing the plenary session.

Whenever such a plenary session is held and it is addressed by a senior leader such as RK, the Maoists deploy a five-tier security layer spanning a radius of about 5 km, reports say.

The police officer said that they did not know whether they penetrated all the security layers formed by the rebels or whether they would be able to reach RK as the fighting was going on.

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