Thursday, December 03, 2009

Encounter on Maharashtra border: 3 Naxals killed

First Published : 03 Dec 2009 03:15:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 03 Dec 2009 12:29:36 PM IST

HYDERABAD: After a lull, intense exchange of fire took place between Greyhounds and Maoists in the dense forests of Adilabad, close to the Maharashtra border, which left at least three Naxalites dead on Wednesday.

The Andhra Pradesh police suspect that they could be part of the same group of rebels, which had ambushed C-60 commandos of Maharashtra at Gadchiroli killing 17 personnel.

One of the Naxals killed was said to be responsible for setting on fire seven vehicles of Singareni Colleries limited at Dorli open cast mining project. According to police sources, the exchange of fire began around 6.30 p.m as Greyhounds personnel were combing the area at Kallaygaon village in Kerameri mandal, north of Bheemangudi forests in Adilabad district. The exchange of fire took place four kilometres inside Adilabad district. The Greyhounds commandos had been combing the area for the last two days. Even as it was getting dark, the firing continued from both sides and as the police inched forward, they came across two dead bodies of extremists. Though some locals told the police about another dead body lying some two kilometres away, the police took no chances fearing it could be a trap. They will move forward only Thursday morning.

‘‘One of them has been identified as District Committee Secretary Bhaskar alias Adellu (50) while we are trying to identify the other extremist,’’ sources said.

Though sources said that the second extremist could be district committee secretary C Ravi, the police did not confirm it.

’’In all, we found 18 kit bags which means that the Maoists were moving in large numbers,’’ the sources said not ruling out the possibility of another exchange of fire as the Maoists had headed towards another area being searched by the Greyhounds.

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