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6 Naxalites killed in Andhra operation

Andhra Pradesh Police gunned down six Naxalites – three men and three women – in the Tigalametta forest area of Visakhapatnam district. According to the information received from the police, a search operation was started to nab the extremists after receiving credible information about Naxalite activities in the Tigalametta forest area of Mampa police station area of Visakhapatnam district.

There was a gunfight between the police and the Maoists around 10 am, in which six Maoists were killed. Police have identified the slain Maoists as Arjun (DCM), Ashok (DCM), Santu Nachika (ACM), Lalita (PM), Paik (PM), while a woman Maoist could not be identified.

Some of the injured Maoists seem to have survived, while the police have appealed to them to surrender by assuring them of the best possible medical treatment, the official said. Visakhapatnam district superintendent of police B. Krishna Rao also appealed to the Maoists to surrender and promised all benefits as per the existing policy.

The encounter took place around Koyuru area of Mampa police station area and the search operation is going on. Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police, Gautam Sawang said that the police had launched a search operation in the area after getting credible inputs.

Police have recovered one AK-47 rifle, a self-loading rifle, a carbine, literature, kit bag and explosive material from the site of the operation.