Telangana : A special force of the state Greyhounds on Thursday gunned down eight members of a Maoist group during an encounter in Bhadradri Kothagudem district of Telangana.
Two SLR, as many 8 mm rifles and other weapons were also recovered from the encounter spot located in deep forest of Bhadradri dist bordering Chhattisgarh.
According to police, the men were formerly associated with the ‘Jana Shakti’ group of Naxals. On 24 July, a new group, called CPI (ML) Chandra Pullareddy (CP) Bata, was formed with 12 members under the leadership of K Rajana and B Narasimhulu, the police said.
According to police, the group members started their activities in four districts – Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Mahabubabad, Kothagudem and Khammam – wherein they allegedly indulged in extortion from businessmen, conducted land settlements and civil panchayats, put up pamphlets and created terror in the society.
On 3 December, the police had arrested three armed extremists of the group in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district and seized a rifle, two grenades, several rounds of ammunition, empty magazines, six kitbags and seven cell phones from their possession.