Maoist leader Nikhil flees during encounter

Published: 17th September 2016 07:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th October 2021 03:57 PM   |  A+A-

BHAWANIPATNA : MAOIST leader Nikhil alias Niranjan Rout, who leads the Banshadhara-Ghumsar-Nagavali Division of the CPI(Maoist), was present during the exchange of fire between the ultras and security forces in Kalahandi district on Thursday. This was stated by DIG (south-west range) S Saini.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Friday, the DIG and Kalahandi SP Brijesh Rai said the SOG team and District Police were combing the Phulbari forest near Katland village under Bijepur police limits when the exchange of fire took place in which, one woman Maoist cadre was killed. Her identity is yet to be established.

Nikhil managed to escape from the Maoist camp during the gun-battle, Saini said, adding that two SLR rifles, one INSAS rifle, two .303 rifles and live cartridges, 20 detonators, a tiffin bomb, electrical wires and Maoist literature were seized from the camp. Other logistic materials were also recovered from the spot. The DIG said so far seven Maoists have been killed in Kalahandi and among them, six are women cadres. So far, six Maoists have surrendered.

Saini said Maoists are deploying women cadres in the first line of defence and in sentry duty and thus, the casualty of women cadres is high. While the women cadres provide cover to the Maoist group, the male cadres escape.

Maoist poster seized

Maoist posters and banners were found in Gudighat village under Saintala police limits on Friday. In the posters, Maoists have demanded loan waiver for farmers, minimum wages be increased to `250, action against persons in possession of fake caste certificates and payment of insurance money to farmers.  They further stated that Naveen Patnaik-led Government is anti-farmer. Police have seized the posters and banners. This is the second time that such posters were found within Saintala police limits. Two months back, Maoist posters were found in Belgaon area.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp