In the search operations 24 Maoists, including two top commanders Chalapati and Gajarla Ravi were killed in an exchange of fire with security forces on the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha border, dealing a grave puff to the Maoists in the region. Andhra Pradesh’s elite anti-Naxal force were also injured in the exchange of fire and airlifted to Visakhapatnam for treatment. The two Maoists commanders were carrying a reward of Rs 20 lakh each on their heads. And another Munna, son of Maoist top leader Ramakrishna was also said to be among the casualties.

Some of the women Maoists were also said to be among those killed in the face-off which endure for almost an hour early this morning. Police has recovered four AK-47 rifles from the scene of the encounter  where the Maoists den was found. This was a joint operation by Andhra Pradesh and Odisha security forces.

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