Odisha Police launch massive operation against CPI Maoist group

According to a senior Odisha police official, the operation was launched based on credible intelligence indicating the assembly of armed CPI Maoist cadres for potential subversive activities in the border regions of Bargarh and Bolangir District.

| Updated: 26 February, 2024 2:39 pm IST
Odisha Police targeted the CPI Maoist group

NEW DELHI:  A sweeping operation conducted by Odisha Police targeted the CPI Maoist group, resulting in the recovery of a significant cache of arms, Naxalite paraphernalia, and literature.

According to a senior Odisha police official, the operation was launched based on credible intelligence indicating the assembly of armed CPI Maoist cadres for potential subversive activities in the border regions of Bargarh and Bolangir District.

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“On February 23, as operational units were conducting searches in the jungle vicinity near Khandijharan village during the morning hours, they came under sudden unprovoked fire from Maoist insurgents,” the official stated.

“In response to the threat to their lives, the operational units returned fire in a controlled manner after issuing warnings and appeals to the Maoists. However, the Maoists managed to evade capture by exploiting the dense jungle and rugged terrain.

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Following the exchange of fire, an extensive search of the area was conducted, leading to the recovery of a substantial quantity of Maoist materials,” the official continued.

Further operations are currently underway in the affected areas. Recently, the Chief Minister of Odisha and the Director-General of Police, Odisha Police, called upon active Naxals to surrender and integrate into mainstream society. With heightened police presence and various development initiatives, Maoists are experiencing dwindling public support in the region, resulting in a pushback against their activities.

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