October 11, 2008 12:06:40 am
After getting their noses bloodied by the Maoists repeatedly over the last few months, the Orissa Police on Friday claimed that they killed two Maoists, one of them a hardcore woman cadre, in the forests of Koraput district.
A joint team of the Andhra Pradesh Police’s Special Task Force and the Orissa Police scouring the area managed to kill the two — part of a three-member Naxalite team — in the Almonda area of the district under Narayanpatna police station on the Andhra Pradesh-Orissa border on Friday afternoon.
The woman, identified as Jyoti (25) was a member of the Koraput Divisional Committee(KDC) of the Peoples’ Liberation Guerrilla Army. A native of Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh, Jyoti took part in several high-profile rebels attacks including the one on the Nayagarh police training school in February this year.
The identity of the other deceased Maoist is not known. The third member of the group, Raju, the area commander of the KDC, however, escaped with some injury. Panda said with the killing of the two Maoists, the KDC has been visibly weakened as it comes after two of their active members — Aruna and her boyfriend — eloped leaving the Naxal bosses fuming.
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