Monday, October 24, 2016

India: At least 21 Maoist Comrades killed in an alleged encounter in a forest in Malkangiri district near Andhra- Odisha Border

Democracy and Class Struggle reports some distressing news from India many Maoist comrades have been killed overnight.

At least 21 Maoists, including two top leaders and 7 women, were shot dead in an alleged encounter with a joint team of Odisha Police and Greyhounds team of AP Police early today morning in a forest in Malkangiri district near the Andhra-Odisha border.the Two constables were reported to be injured.

However, Maoist central committee member RK reportedly escaped. Among the dead are at least 7 women Maoists.

While the bodies are yet to be identified it is suspected that Gajarla Ravi, 49, Secretary of the Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee, Chalapathi alias Appa Rao, his wife Aruna and another leader Bakuri Venkata Ramana Murthy, were killed in the encounter.

Ravi had a reward of Rs 20 lakhs on his head while Chalapati, secretary of the East division, carries a reward of Rs 20 lakh on his head. His wife Aruna, deputy commander of the Koraput-Srikakulam Division Committee carried a reward of Rs 5 lakh.