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Four Maoists killed in Andhra Pradesh

National, Tue, 28 Oct 2008 IANS

Hyderabad, Oct 28 (IANS) Four Maoist guerillas, including a woman, were killed in two separate gun battles with the police in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday.


Two Maoists were killed in a gun battle with police in Vizianagaram district, near the border with Orissa, police said.



The gun battle took place during combing operations by a police party in the forest area. The Maoists refused to surrender and reportedly opened fire on a police party, forcing it to retaliate.



The slain guerillas include Mastan Rao, a member of central committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist). Police recovered a 9 mm pistol, two kit bags and Rs.32,000 in cash from the scene of the fire fight.



In the second incident, two Maoists, including a woman, were killed in exchange of fire with police near Ravulapuram in Bollapalle mandal in Guntur district.



District superitendent of police Mahesh Chandra Laddha said the Maoists opened fire on a police party engaged in combing operations in Nallamala forests. He claimed that the guerillas were killed when the police personnel fired in self-defence.



Five Maoists managed to escape in the forest area. Police recovered one AK-47 from the scene.


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