Top Maoists among 24 killed in encounter on Odisha-Andhra border

While two Greyhounds personnel were injured, one later died in a hospital in Visakhapatnam. He has been identified as Muhammad Abu Bakr.

Written by Debabrata Mohanty | Malkangiri | Updated: October 26, 2016 5:19 pm
Maoists, maoist death encounter, maoist encounter, maoist encounter Odisha border, maoist encounter andhra border, india news, indian express Bodies of Maoists in Malkangiri on Monday. (Source: PTI)

AT LEAST 24 Maoists, including 11 women, were killed in a 90-minute-long encounter with a joint team of the Odisha Police and Andhra Pradesh Police Greyhounds personnel early on Monday morning, in a forest in Malkangiri district near the Andhra-Odisha border.

While two Greyhounds personnel were injured, one later died in a hospital in Visakhapatnam. He has been identified as Muhammad Abu Bakr.

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Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mahapatra said following intelligence reports, a joint team of the Greyhounds, Odisha Police Special Operation Group and District Voluntary Force surrounded a Maoist camp in a forest area between Bejing and Muchiputam, under Panasput gram panchayat of the district, in the early hours of Monday.

The Maoists were reportedly holding a plenary session, which was to be attended by central committee member Akkiraju Haragopal alias Ramakrishna alias RK. While there were reports that Ramakrishna had escaped, police could not confirm if he was there. However, police sources said Ramakrishna’s son, Munna, was among those killed.

“We had definite information about the presence of 50-60 Maoists, mostly from Andhra Pradesh. Since the area is located in the cut-off area on the Andhra-Odisha border, the operation was launched from the other side, and Greyhounds took the lead,” said Mahapatra. “Our teams are still sanitising the area,” he added.

While there were reports that top Maoist leaders, including Gajarla Ravi alias Uday and Chalapathi alias Appa Rao, were among those killed, there was no confirmation from the police. Fourteen of the bodies are yet to be identified.

As military in-charge of the Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee, Ravi took part in the peace talks with the Andhra Pradesh government in 2004 along with Ramakrishna. Chalapathi is secretary of the East division.

Some of the other Maoists who were killed have been identified as Daya, Venkat Ramana, Bengal Suresh, Ganesh, Latha, Mamata, Budri, Rajesh, Swarna, Madhu and Murali.

Four AK-47s and three SLRs were among the weapons recovered from the encounter site.

The place where the encounter took place is reportedly about two kilometres away from the spot where Ramakrishna addressed a meeting of villagers earlier this month, asking them to boycott the panchayat polls next year.

Gajarla Ravi hails from Velishala village near Warangal in Telangana. He, along with two of his brothers, joined the Maoist movements in the late ‘80s. One of them, Gajarla Ashok, surrendered last November. The other, Gajarla Saraiah alias Azad, was killed in an encounter in Warangal in April 2008.

Venkat Ramana was from Hakimpeta mandal of Visakhapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh.

Police officials said the encounter dealt a severe blow to Maoists, who were pushed to the Andhra-Odisha border after being driven out from Narayanpatna and Bandhugaon blocks of neighbouring Koraput district.

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  1. B
    bs kar
    Oct 25, 2016 at 4:03 am
    sad that so many young people misguided by an outdated idialogy and supported by vested interests.
    1. G
      Oct 25, 2016 at 4:06 am
      It won't be long before the over ground supporters start speaking against the police in the name of human rights. It doesn't matter that these people blow up vehicles using IEDs, blow up trains, enslave women and employ child soldiers. But the moment these armed groups meet their much deserved fate, you have groups of people who have no faith in democracy and law suddenly start complaining.
      1. M
        Oct 25, 2016 at 12:32 pm
        While blaming stan is justified for some of the troubles, we need to go a long way in putting our house in order. We have militants in JandK, insurgents in North East, Maoists in Central and Coastal India, SIMI in rest of the countries.. Over and above indisciplined, selfish, unhygienic and burgoining potion bursting at its seems.
        1. Raju Menon
          Oct 25, 2016 at 12:56 am
          Commies just don't understand that the time has changed. Change happens thru entrepreneurship, education, and innovations. Commies are always stuck in "revolution". They don't understand that change can be gradual. Most Commies are stuck in the all or none type of change.
          1. P
            Oct 25, 2016 at 3:54 pm
            As all of you think commies are not innocent misguided naxals hahahaa they are cold blooded murders and extortionists. It is lucrative as crores of money is involved
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