Hyderabad: A top Naxalite of CPI-ML New
Democracy group was today shot dead in an encounter with
police in a forest area in Andhra Pradesh`s Warangal district,
S Ramarao alias Ganesh, the self-styled Naxal team
commander, was involved in several extortion and murder cases
in Warangal district, according to police.
Ramarao hailed from Gujudu village under Kothaguda mandal
in the district.
Police had to open fire in the air to quell angry
villagers who pelted stones at them terming it a "fake
encounter". Tension prevailed in Gujudu as police prevented
the villagers from going near Ramarao`s body.
A senior police official later said the situation was
brought under control even as the slain Naxal`s body was
removed for post-mortem.
An exchange of fire broke out between the police party
and suspected Naxalites, when the former was conducting a
combing operation in view of bandh call given by Maoists to
protest the killing of top CPI (Maoist) leader Azad in an
encounter in Adilabad district on July 2.
Narsampet Deputy Superintendent of Police said Naxals
opened fire on seeing the police party forcing the latter to
retaliate in self-defence. Despite warnings for surrender, the
Naxalites continued to fire at the police leading to an
exchange of fire for over eight minutes.
After this, the police found a body that was later
identified as that of Ramarao, the DSP added. "About eight to
nine Naxals managed to escape from the scene into nearby
forest during the exchange of fire," he said.
Police recovered one self-loading rifle, two kit-bags and
other material from the encounter site.