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Bhubaneswar: In a major encounter in Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh security forces killed five Maoists while in separate incidents over 100 Maoist sympathisers surrendered in Malkangiri and one surrendered in Bolangir on Saturday. On Friday, in Semiliguda, Koraput Maoists killed one and burnt six vehicles while top Mao leader Azad was brought to Court in Paralakhemundi.

In the Narayanpur incident, security forces of the District Reserve Group (DRG) of Bastar police said they were conducting a combing operation in Tuspal and Becha Kilam forest in the core Abhujmad areas following the November 16 gunfight in which six Maoists including three women were killed. Maoists attacked them and in the encounter the police forces gunned five Maoists. These Maoists were visiting nearby villages to use villagers and exchange their demonetised currency, said Bastar SP RN Das.

Meanwhile, in just over a fortnight of the Andhra-Odisha police joint operation along Malkangiri, 145 Maoist sympathisers today surrendered before Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra. In another incident, today Sanayasi Sagaria, a Maoist of Nagaphena village in Tureikela surrendered in Bolangir before SP Asish Kumar Singh and CRPF Batallion Commandant Jitendra Kumar. He was active in the Mao operations around Bolangir area and police had announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh in his name.  The 18-year-old Sagaria, who was trained by Mao leaders in a camp at Gandhamardhan, said that the Mao leaders are deviating from their initial claims of bringing social justice to people and rather torturing the young trainees physically and mentally. In both incidents, police has said all support will be given to the surrendered Maoists to bring them back to main stream life.

On Friday, top Mao leader Keshab Rao, alias Azad was brought to SDJM Court in Paralakhemundi in connection with a major firing operation on Ambajiri police under Paralakhemundi limits in 2010 in which three policemen were killed and many severely injured. Later in 2011, Azad had surrendered before Andhra police. He was brought to the Court from Jharpada jail in Bhubaneswar.

In yet another Maoist related incident, 25 year old Jayaram Khasla, an employee in a contract firm working in road construction related assignment in Bhitarkota village was kidnapped and killed by Maoists in Semiliguda, Koraput. They also burnt six vehicles used in the construction work including a JCP, roller, tractor and tipper. In leaflets left by the Maoists they have said they had asked Khasla to stop the road construction failing which he was killed.

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