TAMIL NADU

Five naxals killed in encounter

KARIMNAGAR JULY 26. The Warangal district police shot dead five naxalites — the District Committee member, Srinu, the area committee secretary, Naveen, and the Dharmasagar LGS commander, Jyothakka and two women cadres — in a fierce encounter on the hillocks of Damera and Devunuru villages bordering Warangal and Karimnagar districts on Friday.

It comes close on the heels of the naxalite ambush on a police party in Guntur district, killing four policemen, belonging to the Greyhounds, in a landmine blast.

The Warangal Superintendent of Police, Nalin Prabhat, said that following information given by villagers about the naxalites organising a pre-dalam induction training camp in the forests by forcibly recruiting children with false promises, the police launched a combing operation in the areas.

On noticing the police, the naxalites opened fire and the police retaliated. When the firing stopped from the other side, the police found five bodies and recovered one SLR, a carbine, a 303 rifle, an SBBL, a revolver, two hand grenades, a landmine and some kit bags, party literature and other material.

Talking to newsmen at the site, Mr. Nalin Prabhat said the PW State leaders — Ganapathi, Jampanna and Ramakrishna — should own responsibility for the death of the naxalites.

He said the naxalites were not interested in peace process and were promoting violence. Calling upon the naxalites who had escaped from the encounter site to surrender, he assured all assistance for their rehabilitation.

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