10 Maoists, 1 commando killed in encounter along C'garh-T'gana border

Hyderabad: At least 10 suspected Maoists were killed in an alleged gun battle in Pujari Kander bordering Chhattisgarh and Telangana State early on Friday morning, the police confirmed.

Among the Maoists dead is suspected to be Hari Bhushan, State Committee Secretary of the group. However, the officials are yet to confirm it.

A constable of commando force Greyhounds of Telangana Police, who was injured in the encounter and was airlifted from the spot, later succumbed to his injuries.

According to official sources, the encounter took place when teams of Telangana and Chhattisgarh police who were combing the area came under fire from the Maoists. 10 Maoists died in the ensuing gun battle.

The bodies of the slain Maoists is being shifted to Bhadrachalam Hospital for postmortem.

The incident comes nearly two and a half months after eight members of CPI (ML) Chandra Pulla Reddy Bata faction were killed in an exchange of fire at Mellamadugu forest area in Tekulapalli mandal of Bhadradri Kothagudem district on December 14, 2017.

(With agency inputs)

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