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Four bodies of Maoists identified

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Senior police officials visit encounter spot in the Nallamala forest



BLOODY END: Body of CPI(Maoist) State secretary Madhav who was killed in an encounter in the Nallamala forest. - Photo: Sreenivas Kommuri

ONGOLE: The bodies of eight Maoists, including State secretary of CPI (Maoist) Madhav, who were killed in an encounter with the police in Nallamala forest in Prakasam district on Sunday, are being brought to Markapur by a lorry either late on Monday night or early on Tuesday morning. They will be handed over to their relatives after post-mortem examination at Markapur later.

Transportation of the bodies was delayed because of some journalists causing embarrassment to the police. Some of them wanted to visit the place of encounter.

The police could identify the bodies of only four victims-- Madhav, Syamala, Suseela and Viswanadham of the Jana Natya Mandali, a frontal organisation of the CPI(Maoist)-- till now.

Inspector-General of Police (Grey Hounds) Durgaprasad, IG of Guntur Range Satyanarayan, Superintendent of Police, Prakasam, N. Balasubramanyam and Officer on Special Duty, Markapur, Ranganath and some press photographers and videographers flew in an helicopter from Markapur to the place of encounter.

They found that the bodies of the victims were scattered at different places in a radius of 2 km and saw bloodstains there. They were shown as to how sentries were guarding the place where the State Committee of the CPI (Maoist) was being held when the police raided the camp on Sunday.

The sentries took up positions from behind rocks and were guarding the place. They, however, did not find any tents pitched in the area.

The police brought all the bodies to one place and covered them with tarpaulins.

The arms and ammunition, kitbags, wireless sets etc recovered from the place were also pooled up at one place. The police also recovered some medicines used by Maoists against chikungunya.

Three constables hurt

The place lay deep inside the Nallamala forest which could be reached only by lorries from Yerragondapalem to Palutla, a distance of 40 km, and by trekking the remaining distance of 10-15 km.

The police said three constables sustained injuries and one of them was grievously wounded. They were airlifted to Markapur for treatment. Mandal Revenue Officer also flew in and held inquest at the place of the encounter.

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