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8 Maoists killed in encounter in Telangana forests

The Maoists belonged to CPI (CP-Baata), which police said appeared to be a regrouping of ultras belonging to erstwhile CPI (Chandra Pulla Reddy).

india Updated: Dec 14, 2017 11:51 IST
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
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The encounter took place during a combing operation by a special party police in the forests near Bethapud village of Illendu block, following a tip off. (HT FILE PHOTO/REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)

As many as eight Maoists belonging to CPI (CP-Baata), a newly-formed extremist outfit, were killed in an encounter with police in Tekulapalli forests of Telangana’s Bhadradri Kothagudem district on Thursday morning.

According to police, the encounter took place during a combing operation by a special party police of the district in the forests near Bethapud village of Illendu block, following a tip off.

“We have been receiving inputs about the movement of some extremists in the forests indulging in extortions from contractors and local businessmen,” Bhadradri Kothagudem superintendent of police Amber Kishore Jha told HT.

They got specific inputs about their movement in the Tekulapalli and Paloncha forests and launched a search, which resulted in an encounter, he said.

As per preliminary information, four of the extremists killed in the encounter were identified as Vetti Kumar alias Rakhi (area committee secretary of Manuguru-Kothagudem), Esam Naresh alias Sudarsan (area commander), Azad and Madhu, all of CPI(CP-Baata).

“We are yet to identify others,” the SP said, adding that the combing operations are still on.

The police forces confiscated several weapons from the encounter spot. They include an SLR, two 8mm rifles and two SBBL guns along with eight kit bags.

The SP said CP-Baata (Path of Chandra Pulla Reddy) appeared to be a regrouping of the Maoists belonging to erstwhile CPI (Chandra Pulla Reddy), which was wiped out long ago.

“Apart from CP-Baata group, there are other Naxalite outfits — CPI (New Democracy) and CPI (Jana Sakthi), which are moving in the area. Some of them surrendered to the police recently,” he said.

First Published: Dec 14, 2017 11:46 IST