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Naxals raid jail, free 40 prisoners

Parlakhemundi (Orissa), March 24
In a pre-dawn attack, 200 armed Naxalites today broke open a jail at a town in Gajapati district, 65 km from here, killed three policemen and lost four to five of their own comrades in a gun battle before freeing 40 prisoners, including a few ultras.

The Naxalites and as many supporters raided the Orissa Special Armed Police camp at R. Gajapati town and the police station at around 5 am and killed three policemen and injured another in an exchange of fire which lasted for over two hours, official sources said.

While Havildar Prasanta Patnaik and Sepoy Tuna Dehury died on the spot, Sepoy Rajesh Ekka died on his way to the MKCG Medical College Hospital at Berhampur. PTI
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