Rajnath speaks to Odisha CM after forces killed 24 Maoists

At least 24 Maoists, including their top leaders, were gunned down in a fierce gun-battle with security forces in Odisha's Malkangiri district.

By Author  |  Published: 25th Oct 2016  4:19 pmUpdated: 25th Oct 2016  4:22 pm
Rajnath Singh
File Photo: Home Minister Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday took stock of the situation along the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border where 24 Maoists were gunned down by security forces in a fierce gun-battle.

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Dead bodies of 23 maoist killed in a joint police encounter by Odisha and Andhra police at a forest in Malkangiri on Monday. Photo: PTI

Singh, who is in Bahrain, called up Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who apprised him about the incident and the prevailing situation in the State.

The Home Minister assured the Chief Minister of providing all central assistance in its fight against the Naxals, official sources said.

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21 Maoists gunned down and 2 constables of greyhounds injured in an encounter at ramgurha in malkangir district of odisha. Graphic: PTI

At least 24 Maoists, including their top leaders, were gunned down in a fierce gun-battle with security forces in Odisha’s Malkangiri district on the border with Andhra Pradesh on Monday, giving a major blow to the ultras.

A commando of the elite anti-Naxal force, Greyhounds of Andhra Pradesh was also killed, while another commando was injured in the encounter that took place in the cut-off area of remote Chitrakonda on Andhra-Odisha border.