At least six Maoists, including two women, were killed in an exchange of fire with a Greyhound special forces unit in Visakhapatnam district on Wednesday morning, Andhra Pradesh Police said.
Among those killed was a senior Maoist leader, police said in a statement. The encounter took place in the Theegalametta forest in Koyyuru mandal in Mampa police station area. Combing and search operations in the area were on, police said An AK-47 rifle, an SLR, a carbine, three .303 rifles, and a countrymade revolver were recovered from the scene of the encounter, police said.
A day before Wednesday’s encounter, alleged Maoists had exchanged fire with the Odisha Police near Kulabeda village at the border of the state’s southernmost districts of Malkangiri and Koraput. According to police, the Maoists had managed to escape, and were believed to have crossed into Andhra Pradesh.
Two of the four men killed on Wednesday morning have been identified as Ashok and Ranadev, both Divisional Committee members, and the two women cadres as Lalita and Paike. The remaining two men are yet to be identified, police said.
The encounter between the Greyhounds and Maoists came after nearly four years of calm in Andhra Pradesh.