Three Maoists killed in Orissa gunfight (Lead)

February 11th, 2011 - 2:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, Feb 11 (IANS) At least three Maoists were killed in a gunfight with police and security personnel in a forested area of Orissa Friday, police said.The rebels opened fired in the forest near Bisra in Sundergarh district, forcing police and other security personnel engaged in anti-Maoist operation to retaliate, Inspector General of Police (operation) Sanjeev Marik told IANS.

One of the killed rebels, who was an area commander of the Communist Party of India-Maoist, had escaped from police custody a few months ago, Marik said.

Bisra is about 530 km from this Orissa capital.

In a separate incident, Maoists gunned down a special police officer (SPO) in Kandhamal district when he was on his way to a police station.

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