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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
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
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,
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
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