Bhubaneswar: Two young jawans of the Special Operation Group (SOG) of Odisha police have died after due to injuries they suffered during an encounter with the Maoists on Wednesday.
Five Maoists were killed during an exchange of fire between security forces and Maoists in a forest near Sirki village on Kalahandi-Kandhamal border at around 11 a.m. Wednesday.
The SOG commandos who succumbed to the injuries they sustained during the encounter are Sudhir Kumar Tudu (28) from Mayurbhanj district and Debasis Sethy (27) from Angul district.
Two composite teams of the SOG and the District Voluntary Force (DVF) participated in the operation that was launched by Kalahandi police on the basis of reliable intelligence input.
“Salute to the martyrdom of Debashish Sethy of Angul and Sudhir Kumar Tudu of Mayurbhanj who laid down their lives fighting against left wing extremists. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the martyred jawans. Odisha will remember the sacrifice of its brave sons,” said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in a Twitter post.
This is the first casualty in Odisha police with encounters with Maoists this year. One policeman was killed in an encounter with Maoists in 2019.