Maoist leader killed in Orissa gunfight

February 8th, 2011 - 12:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, Feb 8 (IANS) A Maoist was killed in a gunfight in a forested area near the steel city of Rourkela in Orissa Tuesday, police said.Samir Khalko, area commander of the Communist Party of India-Maoist, was killed by police and paramilitary forces in Sundergarh district, Superintendent of Police Diptesh Patnaik told IANS.

The gunbattle took place when a joint team of police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were combing the Chadiposh area, about 575 km from Orissa capital Bhubaneswar, on a tip-off.

The team retaliated after the rebels first opened fire, he said. But no policeman was hurt.

A pistol and about 25 rounds of live cartridges were recovered from his possession, he said.

Khalko was involved in several crimes, including the killing of a police officer in the area a few years ago, Patnaik said.

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