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The exchange of fire took place when police forces were on a combing operation.
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Two more Maoists were killed in fresh gunfire that broke out near the Andhra-Odisha Border on Thursday, taking the total death toll of the extremists to 30.

Quoting sources, the Times of India reported that the exchange of fire took place at Cherlimetta when the cops were on a combing operation from Busiputtu to Ramanguda, which are 25 km apart.

Speaking to The New Indian Express, Visakhapatnam SP Rahul Dev Sharma said that the two new deaths were confirmed by their colleagues who are participating in the combing operations. 

As many as 24 Maoists, including eight women, were killed by security forces in a gunbattle which also left a Greyhounds commando dead near the Andhra-Odisha border on Monday.

Acting on intelligence inputs, a combined team of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha Police carried out the operation in the Bejjangi forest in Odisha's Malkangiri district early in the day.

On Tuesday, the death toll went up to 28 after four more bodies were recovered in the district.

The Maoists belonged to the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist).

Top Maoist cadre Ramakrishna alias RK is reported to have managed to escape during the fighting.

In another development, the CPI (Maoist) in a press release, has reportedly termed it a “fake encounter” and threatened to take “revenge” against AP chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and his son Lokesh.

 

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