Hyderabad : Kalwakurthy dalam commander Raju alias Kiran was killed, while three others escaped, in an exchange of fire with police near Lingasanipalle village in Kalwakurthy mandal of Mahabubnagar on Sunday night.
The police combing party encountered a group of Maoists in the forest area and when asked to surrender they started firing at the police party. In an exchange of fire Raju was killed District committee member Tirumala Balavantu is suspected to be among those who escaped. Police recovered a tapancha and two grenades from the site.
Meanwhile, CPI (Maoist) Kondabaridi area committee secretary K Kodandam alias Prakash alias Kiran was surrendered to Srikakulam SP Manish Kumar Sinha on deteriorating health grounds. He carries a reward of Rs 1 lakh.