An alleged Maoist cadre was killed in an encounter near Hetalkasa village in Malewada area of Kurkheda tahsil in north Gadchiroli on Sunday night.
Based on intelligence inputs about a gathering of Naxal cadres,police pressed into an operation. Around 5.30 pm,a group of 50-60 Naxals opened fire at the police patrol,forcing the police to retaliate. With the police increasing pressure,the Naxals ran away. A search on the spot revealed a dead body of a Naxal and a large quantity of ammunition and arms, a statement issued by the Gadchiroli police said.