Seven Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh encounter

Seven Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh encounter

Seven Maoists, including five women, were reportedly killed on Friday morning in an encounter near Ipenta in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, 8 km from the Telangana border.  

The operation was undertaken by the Chhattisgarh Police, Central Armed Forces and Telangana's Greyhounds.

According to the reports, the Greyhounds recovered five firearms of different makes, six rocket launchers, three grenades (HE36) several kit bags and green fatigues from the site. 

Bhupalpally District Superintendent of Police R Bhaskaran said that the encounter took place inside Chhattisgarh.

Following the encounter, the CRPF and the police in Jayashankar-Bhupalapally reserve forest area in the forest bordering Telangana and Chhattisgarh were put on high alert. 

Recently, the Maoists suffered a series of setbacks in Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. Last Sunday, over 35 Maoists were killed in a major encounter in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra.

In a related development, a division bench of the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad comprising acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice Vijaya Laxmi on Friday directed the government to preserve the bodies of the Maoists killed in the encounter in proper condition. 

The bench gave the directions after hearing a lunch motion moved by a civil rights body. 

The court directed that the autopsy of the bodies should be conducted by two doctors and the bodies be then handed over to the families. 

The petitioner urged the court to direct the police to shift the bodies to Gandhi or Osmania hospital in Hyderabad.

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