Encounter with Naxalites on Chhattisgarh-Odisha border, Odisha Police soldier injured

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Gariaband/Bhubaneswar. An Odisha Police personnel was injured in an encounter with Naxalites on Monday in the forest adjacent to the Chhattisgarh-Odisha border. Police officials said that an Odisha Police soldier has been injured in an encounter that took place early today in the forest on the border of Gariaband district (Chhattisgarh) and Odisha.

He told that a team of Special Operations Group (SOG) of Odisha Police was on anti-Naxal operation. During this, Naxalites started firing on the security forces. A soldier was injured in this incident. Officials said that the injured soldier was taken to Gariaband District Hospital, where he was given initial treatment. Later he was taken to Raipur for better treatment.

Doctor Harish Chauhan of Gariaband District Hospital told reporters, “The soldier was shot in the right side of his neck. He was brought to the hospital. After first aid, he was immediately sent to Raipur.” Dr. Chauhan said that the bullet may have got stuck in the jawan’s neck. This will be confirmed after MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) test. The condition of the soldier is stable.
Police officials said that anti-Naxal operation is still going on on the interstate border.

Additional Director General of Police (Operations) Devdutt Singh said that the incident took place around 3 am when SOG soldiers had an encounter with Maoists in Sunabeda forest near Shivnarayanpur (Komna police station) on the Odisha-Chhattisgarh border.
During the firing, a SOG jawan was shot and later he was taken to Raipur for treatment. Singh said that at present he is out of danger.

He said, “Later, at around 8 am, there was a clash between the security personnel and another group of Maoists about 3 kilometers away from Shivnarayanpur. The Maoists managed to escape during this clash. “We suspect that some Maoists have been injured in this encounter.” Singh said that during the search operation the officials recovered 10 IEDs, a loaded pistol and other incriminating material.

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