KAKINADA: Three top Maoists, including a woman, were gunned down in an exchange of fire between the anti-naxal squad police and the Maoists at a remote place between Marriguda and Thangalkota in the dense forest area bordering Orissa and Visakhapatnam district in East Godavari agency area early Friday.

The victims are believed to be top Maoist leaders of Orissa. East Godavari Police Superintendent Battini Srinivasulu said that around 15 policemen and 10 Maoists are said to have been involved in the exchange of fire. While three Maoists were killed, the remaining escaped into the jungle. No policeman was injured.