Warangal/Mulugu: Three top leaders of the outlawed CPI (Maoists) were killed in an encounter with the police party of greyhounds on the border of the Mulugu district of Telangana State and Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh state on Monday morning, while the police were combing the forest areas in search of the Maoists. The spot of the encounter reportedly lies under the jurisdiction of the Peruru police station of the Wazedu mandal of Mulugu district.

Eturunagaram ASP Ghouse Aalam said that they had been trying to identify the slain Maoists. Since the police have  recovered an SLR and two AK-47 guns from the deceased, it is suspected that DCM cadre or above cadre Maoists suspected to be

belonging to the military platoon led by Madvi Hidma alias Hidmalu alias Santhosh had been killed in the encounter.

When asked if Hidma was also killed in the encounter, the ASP added that he was not sure since the identification of the bodies was going on. Hidma, who is said to be the youngest member of the Central Committee of Maoists, and commander of the First Military Platoon, had reportedly entered the Telangana a few days ago prompting the police to intensify the combing operation with the cooperation of the Chattisgarh anti-Naxal police force and CRPF. Born in Purvati village of south Sukma of Chhattisgarh, he is the face of Maoist in Bastar.

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