Six naxals including females were killed in an encounter with Andhra Pradesh police in the early hours on Wednesday. The exchange of fire took place between CPI (Maoist) and Greyhounds police parties at Theegalametta forest area in the Visakhapatnam district, informed Krishna Rao, Superintendent of Police (SP), Visakha Rural district.

The encounter between the Greyhounds and Maoists came after nearly four years of calm in Andhra Pradesh. During this period, increased patrolling and combing operations had ensured there was not much Maoist activity — even though the rebels did sometimes threaten people in tribal villages by labelling them as informants, and distributed pamphlets with warnings to the government, officials said.

The official statement released by the Andhra Pradesh Director General said, “Today at morning hours, an exchange of fire took place between CPI (Maoist) and Greyhounds parties at Theegalametta forest areas under PS limits of Mampa Visakhapatnam district, Andhra Pradesh. Six dead bodies including female dead bodies are recovered. One AK, one SLR, one Carbine, three 303 Rifles and one Tapancha are also recovered from the spot.”

The last major Maoist attack in Andhra Pradesh took place on September 23, 2018, when Kidari Sarveswara Rao, the Telugu Desam Party MLA from Araku Valley in Visakhapatnam district, was shot dead by a group from the CPI (Maoist)’s Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee.

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