Police gun down two rebels in Andhra Pradesh

May 20th, 2008 - 3:40 pm ICT by admin  

Hyderabad, May 20 (IANS) Police Tuesday gunned down two left-wing guerrillas during a gun battle in a forest in Andhra Pradesh. Police said the incident took place near Kodashila in Lingala forest of Tadwai mandal in Warangal district, about 250 km from here.

A police party, which was combing the area, found a group of rebels of the Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist (CPI-ML) Janashakti. When asked to surrender, the extremists opened fire, forcing the police to retaliate.

Police said two bodies were found after the gun battle. However, Mohananna, the Warangal district secretary of the outfit managed to escape.

There were no casualties on the police side. Police seized six weapons from the scene.

Janshakti is one the splinter guerrilla groups in the state, mainly active in the Telangana region. It has lost several top leaders and cadres during gun battles with police during last few years.

Last month, the outfit’s seniormost leader Amar was arrested in Maharashtra.

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