Mulugu: Two Maoists were killed in an encounter with the police at Musalamma Gutta (hillock) in the forests of Narsimhasagar under Mangapet police station limits in the district on Sunday.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Sangram Singh G Patil said a special party police team from Mulugu district and a greyhounds team were combing the area following specific information about the movement of Maoists, who were planning to carry out an attack on the police. They came across the Maoists and an exchange of fire with the combing party ensued between the police and Maoists.
After the exchange of fire, police recovered the bodies of two male Maoists, whose identities are yet to be ascertained. “Subsequently, the police have intensified combing operations in SS Tadwai, Pasra and Mangapet forests in the district,” the SP added.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that the police recovered two SLRs from the encounter spot and it was suspected that the slain Maoists were members of the Manugur squad of the outlawed Maoists led by Sudhir.
It may be recalled that the Maoists had killed a fertiliser shop owner and TRS leader Maduri Bheemeshwar Rao alias Beesu at Alubaka village in neighbouring Venkatapuram mandal in the district on October 10, throwing a challenge at the police. This prompted the police to launch a hunt for the Maoists, and they intensified combing operations in the forest areas of the district.
The police also arrested a militia member Midiam Chinna Lakshmaiah of Tippauram village of Venkatapuram (Nugur) mandal near Alubaka-Kondapuram bridge in Venkatapuram on Saturday. The encounter comes as a major jolt to the Maoists who are trying to regain their hold in Telangana State after a long time.
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