ANDHRA PRADESH

Naxal killed in encounter

WARANGAL AUG. 26. One naxalite belonging to the CPI (ML) Bhupati squad was killed in an exchange of fire with the police at Kalyangathogu hamlet near Narlapur village of Tadvai mandal here today.

In a statement, the SP, Nalin Prabhat, said the encounter took place around 11 am when a police combing team spotted a group of naxals near the forest area. When the naxals opened fire, they retaliated, killing the naxalite, who is yet to identified.

According to the police, six to 10 naxals managed to escape from the spot. The naxals were making preparations for a training programme. Police recovered 40 live rounds of .8mm revolver, revolutionary literature, six kit bags, tents, utensils and ration.

The SP said they succeeded in foiling the proposed training programme of the naxals which was aimed at luring the innocent and illiterate youth.

The Mulugu DSP, R. N. Ammi Reddy, and other senior officials visited the spot.

Our Kurnool Staff Reporter writes:

Police dug out three powerful landmines from the BT road leading to Vempenta village near Banumukkala in Pamulapadu mandal on Tuesday. According to reports, the explosives, weighing five kg each, were stuffed into plastic buckets and connected to wires.

The stuffed material included electric detonators, metal pipe, plastic pipe and chemicals.

Police believe that the explosives were planted four months ago after making holes in the BT road and later covered with BT material. However, one could make out the tailored patches in the middle of the road.

The three landmines were planted a few feet away from each other. The wires connected to them led to the nearby bushes.

The police heaved a sigh of relief as the road is frequently used by police as well as people of six villages.

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