HYDERABAD: A day after two members of Communist Party of India (Maoist) were killed in encounter, the Mulugu police announced on Monday that they identified the identities of both the deceased.
Police said that 30-year-old Ravva Ramal, a Manuguru area committee member, and dalam member Lakma died in exchange of fire on Sunday. Rava was a resident of Jella village in Venkatapuram mandal of Mulugu district. He was allegedly involved in six cases and was carrying a reward of Rs 4 lakh on his head, announced by the government. Ravva was wanted by police inTelangana
, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.
Officials said that they have information that Maoists had changed their strategy by moving in very small groups, if possible in civilian clothes, with an intention to target security forces. Police had said on Sunday that several action teams of Maoists were sent from Chhattisgarh to Telangana-Chhattisgarh border to attack security officials. “The Maoists plan to target police and damage government property. It was with this information that a combing operation was taken up in Eturnagaram and Mangapet,” a police official said.
Combing exercise is still ongoing in Mulugu,Kothagudem
and Bhupalapally as police officials suspect the presence of few more Maoists in the areas. Based on the recoveries from the scene of encounter, officials have concluded that there were more than two Maoists present at the time. Officials recovered one SLR, two SBBL and two AK-47 magazines, among other things