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2 groups of Maoists escape after exchange of fire with cops in Telangana

2 groups of Maoists escape after exchange of fire with cops in Telangana
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Hyderabad, July 15 (PTI) Two groups of banned CPI (Maoist)

members, including a senior cadre carrying Rs 25 lakh reward,

escaped after exchange of fire with the police in separate

incidents in forest areas in Telangana and intensified combing

operations launched to nab them, officials said on Wednesday.

One police personnel suffered "minor injuries" when a

13-member group of ultras opened fire and fled in a forest

area of Bhadradri-Kothagudem district on Wednesday morning,

hours after another group engaged in gunfire in Kumram Bheem

Asifabad district on Tuesday night in which there were no

casualties, top police officials of the two districts said.

However, it was not clear if there were any injuries on

the Maoists side in the incident on Wednesday morning, police

said adding extensive combing operations were underway at both

the places and neighbouring regions.

In the first incident, police came across five ultras led

by Telangana "State Committee" member of the CPI (Maoist)

Bhaskar, armed with AK-47 gun, at around 10.30 pm on Tuesday

in Thokkuguda village in Asifabad District during continuing

searches, police said.

The Maoists opened fire at the Police party which

retaliated, following which they escaped, Asifabad

Superintendent of Police (In-charge) Vishnu S Warrier said.

Bhaskar, who hails from Adilabad district of Telangana, is

allegedly involved in multiple offences and has gone

underground for nearly 30 years. He carries a reward of Rs 25

lakh on his head announced by the state government. His wife

was also a Maoist, police said.

The group had entered Telangana from bordering Maharashtra

and had been moving around in the forest areas for the past

two months.

It is a five-member team comprising of Telangana State

Committee member Bhaskar and four others and this was learnt

later after interrogation of the person who had given them

food and support," the official said.

"Bhaskar was carrying AK 47, while four others were having

SLR weapons. They were missed by a whisker (from being caught)

as it was heavily raining and due to darkness they escaped

into the forest area, Warrier said.

In fact, they managed to give a slip to the police on

Sunday night also and some items left behind by them were

seized in Thiryani Mandal, he said.

Besides massive combing operations in the forest areas,

heavy police force has been deployed andvillages and vehicles

were being continuously checked in the area, the police

official said.

The SP said any person giving information about the

Maoists or any suspicious persons in their area will be

rewarded and their identity will be kept as a secret.

Search operations and intense combing operations are going

on to catch them... It seems they would have run out of

supplies and came out of forests for logistics support...

based on information police had launched search operation,

Warrier said.

The second exchange of fire took place in Mallepallitogu

forest area in Bhadradri-Kothagudem District at 9 am on

Wednesday when 500 police personnel in 25 teams were engaged

in search operations on a tip-off that Maoists have sneaked

into Telangana from neighbouring Chhattisgarh.

The Maoists numbering around 13, escaped leaving behind

their goods after the exchange of fire, Bhadradri-Kothagudem

District Superintendent of Police Sunil Dutt said.

Extensive combing operations were on in the area and three

neighbouring districts to nab the ultras, who escaped, he

added. PTI VVK

VS VS


Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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