28 August 2019
Malkangiri: An exchange of fire at Khairput in Malkangiri on late Tuesday resulted in one jawan being martyred and another SOG personnel sustaining bullet injuries. A cadre-level Naxal has been injured and several others have been reportedly critically injured.
The deceased jawan has been identified as Jayram Kabasi who hails from Malkangiri. DIG (South Western Range) Koraput Shefeen Ahamed K expressed his deepest condolences to the family of the deceased. The family was present to collect the body and take it back home in a procession requited of a hero.
Meanwhile the injured personnel, Ram Darua, is under treatment at the Mathili Hospital.
A joint task force comprising of Special Operation Group (SOG) and District Voluntary Force (DVF) 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.
The combing team has recovered arms and ammunitions. A search operation is on for recovery of the dead Naxal’s body and other injured infiltrators.