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Maoists including top leader killed in encounter in Chhattisgarh's Bastar

02 March 2018

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

A police constable of elite anti-Maoist force Greyhounds was killed and three others were also injured.

The encounter operation was conducted jointly by the Telangana and Chhattisgarh Police.

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Reports said a top commander of Naxals and six women cadres are among the dead. "They apparently wanted to ambush us and opened fire", Telangana intelligence wing officials said. Haribhushan's wife Samakka was also killed in the encounter. He carried a reward of ₹30 lakh on his head and was accused of involvement in over 50 criminal cases.

The injured jawan identified as Sushil Kumar was immediately airlifted to a hospital in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur where he succumbed to the injuries.

Large cache of arms and ammunition has been recovered from the encounter site.

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Greyhounds is a special force of the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh which undertakes operations against Naxals. The bodies of Maoists were also shifted to the town for autopsy. The group demanded post-mortem of the Maoists in the presence of judiciary in either Gandhi hospital here or MGM hospital in Warangal. "We returned fire, resulting in the death of 10 Maoists", Bhadradri Kothagudem superintendent of police Ambar Kishore Jha said.

The incident occurred near Tadpala and Poojarikankedu in Charla block of Jayashankar Bhupalapally district in Telangana.

Senior Maoist leader and it's Telangana secretary Hari Bhushan.

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Maoists including top leader killed in encounter in Chhattisgarh's Bastar