Bhubaneswar: A Maoist was killed and two others were harmed in a police encounter at Niyamgiri forrest close Dengamati town on Kalahandi-Rayagada fringe today.
On a tip off about the presence of the rebels, security personnel, led by Rayagada Superintendent of police (SP) K Siba Subramani,launched the operation in the wee hours of Saturday.
The exchange of fire continued for a more than two hours in which one Maoist was killed on the spot, reports said. Two armed Maoists are suspected to have been injured in the gun battle, they added.
Two 9 MM pistol, a gun and a huge cache of explosives have been seized during the operation. The combing operation has been intensified in the area, sources said.