A top-rung Maoist leader was gunned down with three of his associates around 5 pm on Wednesday.
The encounter was carried out by the Andhra Pradesh police’s Greyhounds unit in Adilabad district near the Maharashtra-Andhra Pradesh border about 20 km from Chandrapur.
The slain leader, identified only as Bhaskar, carried a cash reward of Rs. 10 lakh on his head. He is suspected to have led a group of around 250 heavily armed Maoists who ambushed a group of 40 C-60 commandos of Maharashtra’s Anti-Naxalite Operation (ANO) at Lahiri on October 8 this year.
The Greyhounds commandos, which had been tipped off about the Bhaskar’s movement, swooped down on a group of around 10 Maoists. Till late in the evening, four bodies were found. The casualty figure is likely to go up, sources added.
Four weapons, including an AK 47 rifle, a 9mm pistol and several live rounds were found on the slain Naxalites.
Sources said Bhaskar was the general secretary of People’s War Group in North Telengana zone.