While the killing of a Doordarshan cameraperson in Dantewada by Naxals had the country in a tizzy, the security forces on Monday gunned down five Naxals in an encounter in Kalimeda region of Odisha's Malkangiri district.
"Five Naxals were killed in encounter between security forces and Naxals in Malkangiri's Kalimeda," the news agency ANI reported.
#Odisha: Five Naxals were killed in encounter between security forces and Naxals in Malkangiri's Kalimeda, early morning today.— ANI (@ANI) November 5, 2018
Earlier on Friday, Nineteen Naxals including eight women surrendered before police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officials in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Sukma district.
On October 30, Doordarshan cameraman Achutyanand Sahu and two security personnel were killed in an attack by Naxals at Dantewada's Aranpur in Chhattisgarh. While one policeman survived in the ambush by Maoists, another succumbed to death in the hospital taking the death toll to four
Though the attack has evoked wide condemnations from across India, Naxals later released a statement, alleging that the victim was caught in an ambush and they did not have any intention to ‘target the media’.
Odisha and Chhattisgarh are one of those districts that comprise the Red Corridor region, the eastern, central and the southern parts of India that experience considerable Naxalite–Maoist insurgency.