The two incidents, within 28 hours, came at a time when the outlawed CPI (Maoist) were celebrating its 15th Formation Day. It may be recalled that on Sunday afternoon, the combing forces killed three Maoists, including two women Maoists ( Ajay, Budri and Bimala, all were Chhattisgarh cader) in an exchange of fire near Madigamallu under Gummirevula Panchayat in Vizag Agency.
The police said that the combing forces found two dead bodies of the Maoists (both male and wearing an olive blue uniform) at the spot of encounter. The police seized one AK-47, one .303 Rifle and one revolver from the spot.
Vizag Rural Police Chief, Babujee Attada said that the seized AK 47 weapon from the spot indicated that one of the two deceased Maoists in the Monday exchange of fire might have been a top Maoist leader. We are yet to establish the identity of the deceased Maoists and the combing operations are on, he added.
A senior police officer said that the exchange of fire lasted for over 20 minutes before some Maoists escaped into the forest. Meanwhile, people's organisations have termed it a fake encounter and demanded a judicial inquiry.
Sources said that the police have intensified the combing operations in Vizag Agency and along the Andhra Odisha Border in view of "Maoist Week" that is being observed from September 21 to 28. Sources also said that the one of the two deceased in the Monday incident was suspected to be the top leader of the Galikonda Squad of the outfit.
Recently, the Maoists recruited youngsters from Chhattisgarh to regain their lost glory in the region. But, with the series of hits they have recently received, the police are chalking out plans to further deploy a few more companies to flush out the Maoists.