Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Naxalite gunned down in an encounter near Sringeri,Karnataka


Vikaram Gowda aged about 26 years belonging to Nadpal village of Hebri Police Station limits, who was leading a team of Naxals in the Shringeri, Hebri, Karkala areas was killed yesterday in a police encounter in Shringeri PS limits of Chickmagalore District. Further details are awaited.


Naxalite killed in shootout

Chikmagalur, Dec. 26 (PTI): A Naxalite was killed in a shootout in Kesuvadi village in Karnataka's Chikmagalur district, the state police chief said today.

The shootout occurred at around 2100-2200 hours last night between a group of rebels and the Anti-Naxalite Force, Director General of Police B S Sial told PTI.

A 303 rifle, bullets, grenades and some pamphlets on Maoism were found from the dead Naxalite, he said.

"Since it was pitch dark, only two women and a man could be seen. While the man was killed in the encounter, the women escaped under the cover of darkness," Sial said.

Though the dead Naxalite called himself Dinesh, his face resembled that of rebel leader Vikram Gowda. The man's actual identity is being verified, he said.

The ANF has launched a hunt for the other Naxals, Sial said.

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