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Four naxals killed, DSP injured

KARIMNAGAR, JULY 20. The Sircilla Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr. K. Muralidhar Rao, and a police constable, Mr. Swamy, were injured and four naxalites are suspected to have been killed in an exchange of fire with naxalites belonging to the CPI-ML Janashakthi group at Nukalamarri village of Vemulawada mandal on Thursday evening.

According to reports reaching here, on information about the naxalites taking shelter in a house in the village, the special police party team, led by the DSP, went to the village. Naxalites, who were holed up in a house on the outskirts of the village, opened fire on the police party injuring the DSP and the constable. Even after the injury, the DSP took up position and fought bravely with the naxalites. However, policemen shifted him to Vemulawada hospital. Later, he was shifted to a private hospital in Karimnagar.

The DSP received bullet injuries on his arm and back of the abdomen while the constable received bullet injury on his arm. The condition of the DSP is stated to be stable. The constable was given first- aid and was recovering.

3 killed in Warangal

Our Warangal Staff Reporter writes:

A top leader of the original outfit of Janashakti group of naxalites led by K. Rajanna was among three naxalites of this group who were killed in an encounter with the police in the vast forest near Sarsanapalli village of Kothaguda mandal late on Wednesday night.

Bandi Alluru alias Bharat alias George, who is the convener of Warangal and Khammam district committees of Janashakti, was killed. Along with him, Rajanna alias Vijay, commander of Gundala Dalam, and Narendar, member of Warangal and Khammam district committees respectively, were also killed.

The police recovered one 9 mm pistol, two stenguns, one 8 mm rifle and ammunition.The encounter at Sarsanapalli around 9-30 p.m. was a sequel to the busting by the police earlier in the afternoon of a plenary meeting of Janashakti which has been going on near Konapur village of the same mandal for the last two months. Three of the five dalams of Janashakti, which attended the plenum, encountered the police.

There were eight sentries guarding the plenum camp. A woman sentry who noticed some men with guns in olive green uniforms shouted at them wanting to know their identity. Policemen, as they were, identified themselves with the Janashakti. The woman enquired about their dalam. The policemen were caught on the wrong foot this time when they claimed to be members of Chandranna dalam which was non-existent in the Janashakti. The sentry opened fire sending alarms to the other extremists gathered there.