Joint forces hunt for Maoist leader Suchitra Mahato

Joint security forces were on Thursday intensively combing the Burisole forest in search of Maoist woman leader Suchitra Mahato.

Kolkata: A day after gunning down Maoist topgun Kishenji in an encounter, joint security forces were on Thursday intensively combing the Burisole forest area of West Midnapore district in search of Maoist woman leader Suchitra Mahato and some other associates of the slain ultra.
Suchitra, who was accompanying Kishenji, had fled after
the encounter along with some other associates and is believed
to be hiding inside the forest. Suchitra and the other ultras
are also believed to be seriously injured, reports reaching
here said.

Meanwhile, Kishenji`s body has been taken to a morgue at
Jhargram Hospital under strict security, the reports said.

The joint forces recovered one AK 47 and one AK-M rifle
from the spot where the body was found after the encounter. A
black bag, a hearing aid used by Kishenji and a jerry can were
also found, the reports said.

The entire area was cordoned off by the combined forces
who are combing the forest after a brief break last night.

Police said the CRPF DG was likely to visit the spot
today. West Bengal DGP N Mukherjee would also reach the area

The reports said the police might contact Kishenji`s
family at Peddapalli town in Karimnagar district of Andhra

A red alert has been issued all over the state to thwart
any retaliatory action by the ultras in wake of Kishenji`s

The joint forces killed 58-year-old Mollajulla Koteswar
Rao alias Kishenji in a fierce gunbattle in junglemahal at
Burisole forest yesterday.

Kishenji, a Maoist politburo member ranking third in the
Maoist hierarchy had led the armed operations in junglemahal
since 2009.


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