A woman Maoist, an accused in the recent killing of two TDP leaders, including an MLA, was gunned down by security forces in alleged encounter near Andrapali forest Friday during intense combing operations, police said.
They said four maoists, including three women, were captured after the exchange of fire during the combing operations held in the forest near Andhra-Odhisha border.
Around 15 Maoists led by Meena were spotted by the Greyhounds police combing party when the exchangeof fire took place. While four ultras were captured, others managed to escape from the spot, they said.
State DGP P R Thakur said police recovered a 9 mm carbine rifle and some literature of the outfit from the site of the exchange of fire.
In its major strike after a long gap, outlawed CPI (Maoists) on September 23 shot dead Araku MLA Kidari Sarveswara Rao his predecessor Siveri Soma, both Scheduled Tribes, in Lippitiputta village in Visakhapatnam district.
The two TDP leaders were in the village to take part in a 'grama darsini' (village visit) programme when a group of Maoists blocked their cars and shot dead them.
The police claimed that the Fridays strike by the "Greyhounds" police was part of its ongoing operations against the ultras.
Meena, who hailed fromPochannapeta area in Warangal district of Telangana, was known for her brutality and was involved in a number major cases in the Vizag region, police sources said.
The Maoists arrested were identified as Jayanthi alias Anjana, Radhika Golluri, Sumala alias Geetha and Rajasekhar Karma.
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