After Monday’s ‘encounter’ in which a Maoist was killed in Chandur forest area in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh close to the Andhra Pradesh-Chhattisgarh border, the district police intensified joint patrolling with their counterparts of Bijapur district to prevent retaliatory acts if any during the two-day north Telangana bandh called by the CPI (Maoist) on November 15 and 16.

CPI (Maoist)’s North Telangana Special Zonal Committee (NTSZC) has earlier given a bandh call to protest against the ‘anti-people’ policies of the State and Central governments.

The identity of the slain Maoist, who was killed in the encounter, could not be established even two days after the ‘encounter’.

The police suspect the deceased to be a member of the outfit's Khammam-Karimnagar-Warangal (KKW) division.

Sources said the police recovered a self-loading rifle, utensils, torch lights, batteries. including mini solar panels, kit bags, KKW literature and other items from the ‘encounter’ site.

Meanwhile, the Bhadrachalam sub-divisional police heightened the security arrangements at the vital installations and areas prone to Maoist attacks in the tribal pockets of the vast Agency areas bordering Chhattisgarh as a safety precaution keeping in view the 48-hour bandh called by the CPI (Maoist).