Thursday, September 27, 2007

Andrapradesh: 4 naxals killed in "encounter"

Special Correspondent

Two .303 rifles, a DBBL gun and a tapancha recovered

VISAKHAPATNAM: Four naxalites, including three women, were killed in an encounter with a special police party at Amidala village in G. Madugula mandal in the Visakha agency area on Wednesday.

Two .303 rifles, one DBBL gun, one tapancha and five kit bags were recovered from the site of encounter, according to Superintendent of Police Akun Sabharwal.

The exchange of fire took place during the combing operations the police were conducting for the last few days on information that the CPI (Maoist) members were moving in the G. Madugula area, he said.

According to information received here, one of those killed was suspected to be Shakeela, deputy commander of Peda Bayalu local guerrilla squad that was active in this area. Police were trying to identify the other dead.

Maoist stronghold

Amidala is 15 km away from Vakapalli, a Maoist stronghold, where Greyhound policemen allegedly gang-raped 11 women last month triggering an agitation demanding their arrest. An indefinite fast is on for the last five days demanding justice to the women.

Meanwhile, teams consisting of district police and the Central Reserve Police force (CRPF) unearthed three landmines planted by the CPI (Maoist) on the Narsipatnam-Chintapalli road.

Acting on information, the police defused the landmines, each weighing 50 kg and packed in stainless steel vessels.

The landmines were ready to be set off as detonators were also fixed to them.

Dr. Sabharwal said it was an insane act to fix landmines on a busy road on which APSRTC buses plied regularly and the landmines could go off even due to thunder.

Claymore mines

He recalled that seven powerful landmines were unearthed on the National Highway near Tallapalem recently while two landmines, three claymore mines and one pressure mine were detected either in villages or on the roads connecting villages. The landmines would have killed the innocent Girijans, he added.

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