The out-lawed Maoists have suffered a big blow as the combing police have gunned down 21 naxalites in Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB) in the wee hours today.
Two grey-hounds constables have been injured and they were air-lifted to Visakhapatnam immediately.
The ‘encounter’ took place in Ramgarh-Pavanput forest area of Ramgurha in Malkangiri district.
The anti-naxal grey hound forces have, on specific information, have pounced and opened fire on the naxals who came to the area to attend a crucial meet there. Nearly 100 naxals have assembled for the meeting and it was a planned attack, according to police sources.
Those who died includes Mr Munnah, son of top Maoist leader Ramakrishna and also another key leader Uday. This is the biggest attack on the naxals as never in recent past such a big number of naxals have been encountered.
But Varavara Rao, the pro-naxal Revolutionary Writer’s Association member, expressed doubts over the encounter saying it appears to be planned murder by state agency. He demanded a judicial probe by a Supreme Court judge.