At least 12 Maoists were shot dead in an encounter with a joint patrolling team from five states, near Telangana-Chhattisgarh border, in the wee hours on Friday, while one greyhound commando of Telangana police also lost his life in the gunbattle. Two of the Maoists were identified as Damodar and Lakshmanna. According to sources, Damodar was the head of the north Telangana special zone.
A joint team of anti-Naxal Greyhounds from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and special police personnel from Odisha, Chattisgarh and Maharashtra were conducting combing operations in the border areas when the encounter occurred near Pujari Kankar.
(With inputs from Express News Service)