Bangalore/Udupi Nov 19: Three naxalites were killed in a fierce encounter with Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) at Mavinahola in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. Police sources said a police constable of the ANF was also killed during the two-hour gun battle that took place between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. at Mavina Holla village in Horanadu taluk.
According to police, during a combing operation in the forest, ANF came face to face with four naxals, including a woman. The militants fired at ANF and they returned the fire on the naxal group.
Later, during a search of the area, ANF found three bodies of naxals. While two of them were identified as Manohar and Naveen, the third was yet to be identified. Police constable Guruprasad from Bhagamandala, succumbed to bullet injuries.
Meanwhile in Chikmagalur, inspector general of police A.M. Prasad told reporters that a woman member of the Maoist group had managed to escape under the cover of darkness.
Maoists have a presence in Chikmagalur, a prominent coffee-growing district, and in the coastal districts of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada though there is no estimate of their number.