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Top woman Maoist leader held

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Press Trust of India Amaravati
A top woman leader of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) was apprehended on Saturday, even as the five Maoists killed in a shootout with police in Visakhapatnam district on the Andhra-Odisha border (AOB) on September 22 and 23 have been identified as those from neighbouring Chhattisgarh.
In the subsequent combing operations that were continuing, a top woman Maoist was apprehended by police after she sustained two bullet injuries.
AP Director General of Police D Gautam Sawang called it a "major blow" to the Maoists in the AOB area.
He said Sake Kalavati, alias Bhavani, who was an area committee member of the CPI (Maoist), sustained two bullet injuries in the exchange of fire.
"She was apprehended and produced in the local court at Rampachodavaram and later shifted to a hospital at Rajamahendravaram for treatment," the DGP said.
Bhavani is the wife of Maoist State Zonal Committee member Peddanna alias Jagan and has been an active member of the banned outfit for the last 20 years, Sawang added.
Visakhapatnam district superintendent of police Babujee Attada told PTI that one of the slain Maoists has been identified as Ramesh, a platoon commander.
The other four, including two women, were platoon members.
All of them carried rewards on their heads, the SP added.
An AK47 rifle, two self-loading rifles and an equal number of rifles and pistols were recovered from the encounter scene, police said.
Sawang said combing operation was continuing in the Agency area of Visakhapatnam district.

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First Published: Sep 28 2019 | 8:00 PM IST

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