Local people opposed the police demand. Locals say that both of them were small-time ganja dealers, who were killed in a ‘fake’ encounter.
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Chhattisgarh Two women Maoists were awarded Orissa Anti-Maoist forces killed ‘Special Operation Group’. Allegedly, there was a reward of Rs 4 lakh on both the Maoists. Police said both were killed in the encounter on Thursday. According to police officials, a half-hour encounter took place between the Special Operations Group and the Maoists in a forest near the Jal Mahadev temple in Khaprakhol police station area.
According to media reports, based on intelligence, Special Group officers conducted a search operation, where both of them were nabbed. The police officer said that the dead bodies of two women Maoists were recovered after the operation. According to officials, both of them are area committee members and residents of Chhattisgarh. Both the women Maoists belong to Balangir-Bargarh-Mahasmud division.
Locals complain of fake encounter
After the operation, the police said that a search operation is being conducted in the area. Last week, two Maoist militants were killed in an encounter in Boipariguda forest in Koraput district. However, the local people opposed the demand of the police. Locals say the two were small-time ganja dealers who were killed in a ‘fake’ encounter. At the same time, the police claimed that both the female Maoists were in uniform when the encounter took place. According to media reports, meanwhile, police in Malkangiri district recovered arms and explosives, tiffin bombs, communication sets, Maoist paraphernalia and an EVM dump near Dhakarpadar village under Maithili police station.
Maoists are returning to the mainstream, DGP pleads
Apart from this, DGP Lal appealed to the rebels to shun violence and return to the mainstream to lead a normal life. “We appeal to the Maoists to give up violence and return to the mainstream,” he said. He said that those who surrendered and returned to the mainstream would be properly rehabilitated and given financial assistance under the Odisha Government’s Surrender and Rehabilitation Scheme. The DGP said they will get financial assistance to build a house, study and get training in trade, business of their choice.