28 August 2019
Malkangiri: DVF jawan Jayaram Kabasi, who was killed during the exchange of fire with Maoists at Pakhanaguda reserve forest under Mudulipada police limits in Malkangiri district on late Tuesday, was cremated with full state honours at his native village on Wednesday.
After a Guard of Honour at the District Police Headquarters, Kabasi's coffin was taken in a procession to his house, where Southern Range DIG Shefeen Ahamed K and Malkangiri SP Khilari Rishikesh Dnyandeo carried the coffin from the vehicle to his doorstep.
From there the martyr's body was again taken in a procession to the cremation ground where his last rites were performed amid the customary gun salute.
Kabasi was part of a joint task force comprising of Special Operation Group (SOG) and District Voluntary Force (DVF) that had undertook a combing operation late last night after getting confirmed information of more than 50 Naxals being in the forest range. Reportedly, the Naxals had come from Chhattisgarh to launch a massive attack in Odisha.
While Kabasi was killed during the operation, another DVF jawan Rama Durua was injured in the action and has been airlifted to Visakhapatnam for better treatment after being provided with first aid at Malkangiri hospital.
Dreaded Maoist Rakesh Sodi, a native of Sukma in Chhattisgarh and divisional commander of the military platoon of the Andhra-Odisha Border Special Committee (AOBSZC) of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) was also killed in the exchange of fire.
Sodi was earlier part of Kalimela Action Team and then went on to become LGS Commander in MKB. He is believed to have been involved in series of attack on police including an attack in Mantriamb in Malkangiri on July 8, 2008 in which 17 SOG troopers and reserve inspector SK Mishra were killed.
He is also linked with the Janiguda-landline attack on BSF in 2012 in which 4 BSF personnel including Commandant had attained martyrdom. Besides, the Khairput Market attack and murder of SI in 2012 and attack on a CRPF unit at a market in MV 79 of Malkangiri in 2007.