Agali encounter toll mounts to four

The bodies of Maoists killed in an encounter with police commandos inside the Attappady forests being brought out to Mele Manjakkatti, near Agali, on Tuesday.  

The number of alleged Maoists shot dead by Kerala Police commandos in the Agali forests in Palakkad mounted to four on Tuesday.

Top police officers told The Hindu that they were bracing themselves for more causalities as the Thunderbolt commandos were scouring the area for the remnants of the group of “armed Maoist irregulars” they had battled in the Manjakandi forests on Monday. They said the Thunderbolts had engaged stragglers from the armed group at least twice on Tuesday.

The combatants had discovered the latest body of a ‘Left-wing extremist’ in the dense undergrowth in the Manjankandi area as they moved to cut off the remaining members of the armed group from fleeing the Agali forests.

The police tentatively identified the body as that of Manivasakam, possibly the nom de guerre of the activist who headed the Kabani Dalam of the Western Ghats Zonal Committee of the proscribed Communist Party of India (Maoist) in Kerala.

They provisionally identified the others killed in the operations as Sreemati, Suresh and Karthik. Investigators said they were unsure about the timing of Manivasakam’s death and whether he had succumbed to the injuries sustained in the gunfight on Monday.

Arms recovered

The police also recovered several arms from the crime scene. They included one AK 47 assault rifle retrieved from the spot where Manivasakam lay dead.

Officials said the Thunderbolts were proceeding cautiously as the fleeing Maoists could mount a rearguard action or booby trap their trail.

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