Telangana: Naxal commander killed in encounter

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WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 01, 2019, 08.09 AM (IST)

A Naxal commander was killed in an encounter with police in Bhadradri Kottagudem district of Telangana on Wednesday, news agency ANI reported quoting officials. 

The slain Naxal commander has been identified as Linganna, the leader of a Naxal `dalam` (group). 

"An encounter broke out this morning. Linganna was killed on the spot. He was carrying a self-loading rifle (SLR). We have recovered the body from the spot in Rollagadda," Superintendent of Police Sunil Dutt said.

Five `dalam` members were taken into custody, he added.

Acting on a tip-off that a group belonging to CPI (ML) New Democracy Party was camping in a forest area near Pandi Gutta in Gundala Mandal of the district for the past three days, a police team surrounded the area and asked the Naxals to surrender. 

An encounter ensued when `dalam` members started firing at the team.

A group of villagers attacked the police personnel with sticks and stones after the Naxal was gunned down, according to reports. 

A police constable sustained injuries during the stone-pelting.