Four women among 6 Maoists gunned down in encounter along Telangana-Chhattisgarh border
HYDERABAD: In a major anti-Naxal operation, six Maoists, including four women, were gunned down in a forest area along the Telangana-Chhattisgarh border under the Kishtaram police station limits on Monday morning.Police said the encounter took place at Pesallapadu area in Sukma district, close to the Telangana border, at around 7 am. Several Maoists escaped following the exchange of fire, the police added. The six slain Maoists were yet to be identified. Kothagudem police said the deceased, who belonged to Chhattisgarh, were armed dalam members.
The Greyhounds, the anti-Naxal commando force of Telangana, the CRPF and Chhattisgarh police were involved in the encounter.
The exchange of fire comes after the killing of former sarpanch Korasa Ramesh of Mulugu district by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district on December 21 after branding him as a ‘police informer’.
Police seize five guns from Maoists
Based on specific information, we conducted a combing operation. After Maoists opened fire, our forces returned the fire. The encounter took place deep inside the forest. We came to know that there was a gathering of about 40-50 Maoists,” Bhadradri Kothagudem SP Sunil Dutt told TOI.
The Maoists’ bodies have been taken to a local government hospital for post-mortem examination.
Police also recovered five guns (two .303 rifles, three double-barrel guns) and four rocket launchers belonging to the Maoists. The entire area is being sanitised to check if the Maoists left behind any explosives, the police said.
Security forces have been combing the area for the last few days after Maoists attacked a policeman using an improvised explosive device.