Maoists killed in Telangana gunfight, huge quantity of arms recovered

Glen Norman
March 3, 2018

Greyhounds Constable Sushil Kumar died on the way to Bhadrachalam hospital in Telangana. The Maoist encounter took place in the Pujari Kanker forests under Pamed police station area, around 500 km from Raipur, Bijapur SP Mohit Garg said.

A constable of commando force Greyhounds of Telangana Police succumbed to injuries after an encounter with the Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district.

However, in self defence, police opened fire to save their lives. They have blown up train tracks, attacked prisons to free their comrades and stolen weapons from police and paramilitary warehouses. Damodar had escaped from an encounter in September 2015 in Warangal.

The CPI (Maoist) received the setback when it was trying to revive its activities in its former stronghold of north Telangana.

This was the first major incident since formation of Telangana State in 2014.

Meanwhile, Varavara Rao, a member of the Revolutionary Writers' Association, raised doubts over the genuineness of the gun-fight and claimed it was "fake".

The police spotted the Maoists moving in a group at Tondapal in Cherlapally Mandal of Bhadradri Kothagudem district and an exchange of fire ensued. The bodies of Maoists were also shifted to the town for autopsy.

Arms and ammunition were recovered from the site and police are scouring the area for the remaining suspects, he said. "The chopper did not go back as the operation is still going on". We will also follow all the procedures in bringing the bodies, identifying them and informing their relatives, and conducting of post-mortem, " he said, dismissing allegations that it was a staged encounter.

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