Naxal, police exchange gunfire in AP, no casualty reported

Police today exchanged fire with Maoists for the second time this week in Andhra Pradesh`s Khammam district, but no casualty was reported from either side.

Hyderabad: Police today exchanged fire with
Maoists for the second time this week in Andhra Pradesh`s
Khammam district, but no casualty was reported from either
side.

The encounter took place when a special police party,
which was combing the forests near Gundlamadugu village, came
under fire from Maoists, DSP Kanthi Rana Tata said over
the phone, adding policemen retaliated the firing.

The ultras escaped leaving behind literature, cooking
vessels, a calculator and some kitbags, he said.

No casualty was reported from either side, Tata said.

Going through the materials recovered from the scene, it
was suspected that 20 to 25 Naxals had gathered in the area,
Officer on Special Duty, Raghuram Reddy said.

Police are planning to utilise the services of a
helicopter for combing operations in the forest. However, a
final decision would be taken by top police officers, he said.

It was the second gunfight between police and rebels in
Khammam district, which borders Chhattisgarh, this week.

The earlier gunbattle took place in forests under
Ashwaraopet mandal on October 4. No one was hurt in this
incident too.

PTI

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