Three Maoist guerrillas, amongst those who staged the April 6 massacre in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district and killed 76 paramilitary troopers, were gunned down Wednesday, officials said.
"The Koya Commando drawn from Special Police Officers (SPOs) encircled a group of armed Maoists in a forested cap in Dantewada. Three rebels were gunned down. The Maoists were involved in April 6 massacre. We were tracking them for weeks," Dantewada Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) S.R.P. Kalluri told the news agency.
He said several other Maoists, who were injured in the gunfight, were carried away by their associates.
"We found several deadly weapons from the encounter site including carbines and guns," Kalluri said.
Police were searching the area to find more bodies.
The gunfight took place near the area where a battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was ambushed April 6 by Maoists.
Chhattisgarh is known as the nerve centre of Maoists. In the past three years, the state has witnessed 1,948 attacks by the rebels in which 418 civilians and 435 policemen, including 75 Special Police Officers (SPOs), were killed.