Saturday, December 09, 2006

Andhra police gun down three Naxalites

Andhra police gun down three Naxalites

Khammam (Andhra Pradesh), Dec 8 (ANI): The Andhra Pradesh police gunned down three Naxalites in an encounter in Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh on early Friday morning.

The encounter took place near Regalla forest area here.

Police said they received information that some Naxalites were camping in the forest after which a special police party raided the area.

But as they reached the spot, the Naxals opened firing. And, in the counter attack, three Naxalites were killed.

Police said they recovered an AK 47 and another weapon from the slain Naxals.

Naxal violence is of serious concern in some of India's biggest states, including Andhra Pradesh, eastern Maharashtra, western Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal and some parts of Uttar Pradesh.

More than 1,750 villages in five districts of North Telangana in Andhra Pradesh have been classified as extremist-affected by the police and forces were deployed depending on the sensitivity of the areas.

The Naxalites, also sometimes called the Naxals, is a loose term used to define groups waging a violent struggle on behalf of landless labourers and tribal people. (ANI)

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