A senior Maoist leader was killed in a head-on collision with a policeman in the Malkangiri district of Odisha on Wednesday morning.
Odisha Police Deputy Inspector General (DIG – Southwest Range) Shafin Ahmed said Maoist leader Rakesh Sadi (40) hails from the Sukma district of Chhattisgarh and is the leader of the Maoists’ Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee.
After receiving input on Maoist camps in the densely forested forests of Bonda Ghati, the Odisha Police Maoist Special Operations Group and District Voluntary Force team led by Malkangiri district police chief Khilari Rishikesh Nandio launched a comb operation this morning. District area. The police have been informed that Ramakrishna is the top Maoist leader and CPI (Maoist) central committee member in the camps.
“As soon as the forces found the Maoist camp in the Pakanaguda forest in Kampamguda Grampanchayat, they opened fire on 10 rebels. The security forces retaliated. Moved to Visakhapatnam.
The death of the police was the first casualty of the Maoists’ security forces in Odisha this year. Police recovered weapons and ammunition from the encounter spot.
Senior police officials have said that Rakesh was involved in several attacks on police, including the July 8, 2008 attack on Malkangiri’s cabinet. Seventeen SOG soldiers and Reserve Inspector SK Mishra were killed. The Maoist was also accused of killing a CRPF unit in a 2007 attack on a CRPF unit in a market in Malkangiri.
He was accused of participating in the Janiguda landmine attack on a BSF trooper in 2012, which killed four crew members, including a commandant, and killed a police sub-inspector in the same year.
The number of Maoist incidents in Odisha has declined significantly since 2016, after 68 encounters and attacks. Last year, the number of such incidents fell to 54. There were 29 encounters between the police and Maoists in Odisha till the end of June this year.
On Monday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on anti-Maoist activities in New Delhi demanded that the railway link between Malkangiri and Nabarangpur districts, as well as infrastructure in the telecommunication and banking sectors, be defeated by left-wing terrorism. Palnayak said his government was ready to give away free land and would also cover half the project cost for the railway line between Malkangiri and Nabrangpur.