A group of suspected Maoists had reportedly come to Aamkuni village under Dhama police station limits in the district late on Saturday night. Police have launched a combing operation in the area.
It is learnt that three armed and masked men entered the house of Ajit Srikant Barua on Saturday night. They asked Barua to arrange food for 30 people. They told Barua that they wanted money for the treatment of some injured members of their group. The suspected ultras slapped Barua&’s brother-in-law, Ajaya Siba Lakra, who had questioned them. Subsequently, Barua gave Rs.600 to them.
When police got the information about the incident, the anti-Naxal force was sent to the area and combing operation was launched. “A gold chain was also missing from the house. They also took away some mobile phones,” said police. Additional superintendent of police SK Panigrahi said that the activities of the armed men did not per se indicate that they were Maoists. “However, we are verifying whether they are members of Maoist organisation,” he said.
Meanwhile, personnel of the special operations group and district voluntary force exchanged fire with Maoists in Madagurha reserve forest area under Tumudi bandh police station limits on Sunday. It is suspected that a Maoist group which had fled towards Kandhamal district after an encounter with security forces inKalahandi district near Maskapadar village on Saturday had split into smaller groups and one of these had entered Madagurha reserve forest area. Security forces engaged them at around 4.30 pm on Sunday. Details are awaited.