Two top naxalites were shot dead in a gun battle with police in the remote Kerameri village in Adilabad district on Wednesday evening. Four weapons, an AK-47, an SLR, a sten gun and a pistol were recovered from the scene of gunfire.

Police suspect that one of the slain was Bhaskar, secretary of the Adilabad district committee of the Maoists.

Kerameri village is on the borders of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. Of late Maoist presence has increased in Adilabad district which borders Gadchiroli in Maharashtra.

It was only last week, Maoist cadres attacked and burnt vehicles of Singareni Collieries Company Limited opposing the government policy of taking up open cast mining.