Staff Reporter

ADILABAD: Three Maoists were killed in an encounter with special party policemen on Wednesday evening in the forest near Kallegaon-Pittaguda under Kerameri police station limits.

While two of those killed were identified as Mylarapu Adellu alias Bhaskar alias Narsanna, Adilabad District Committee Secretary (DCS) of the CPI (Maoist) and Chippakurthi Ravi alias Sudershan, a District Committee member, the third could not be identified due to darkness.

Some 10 others were believed to have escaped.

Adilabad Superintendent of Police P. Promod Kumar said a sten gun, an SLR, a pistol, a manpac communication set some batteries and blasting material were recovered from the spot.

The encounter, which took place gains significance as it comes a week after the naxalites had burnt machinery at the Dorli open cast mine in adjacent Tiryani mandal.

Adellu, who carried a reward of Rs. 5 lakh on his head had escaped a series of encounters with the police parties in the Jogapur forests of Asifabad in November 2005.