Hyderabad, Dec: Eight maoists of a newly formed Left wing group were killed in an encounter in Telangana’s Bhadradri Kothagudem on Thursday, police said.
The incident took place in Tekulapalli forests of the district, adjoining Chhattisgarh, news agency IANS reported.
The slain extremists belonged to CPI-MLs’ Chandr Pullareddy Baata group, which was established in July this year by some Maoist earlier associated with CPI-ML Jana Shakti group.
The encounter triggered during a combing operation by police in the forests.
A police officer said the combing operations were launched following the information about the presence of extremists.
“The group was indulging in extortions from contractors and local businessmen”, Bhadradri Kothagudem’s Superintendent of Police Amber Kishore Jha, IANS quoted.
The extremists opened fire when asked to surrender. The police had to return fire, killing eight extremists. No policeman was injured in the incident”, he added.
The police seized five arms including an SLR and two 8 mm rifles.
This was the first major encounter between police and Maoists since formation of Telangana in 2014.