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Bodies of naxals killed in Kothagudem encounter handed over to kin

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Hyderabad: Bodies of the eight naxals, who were killed in a police encounter on Thursday in Bhadradri Kothagudem district of Telangana, have been handed over to their families, a police officer said on Friday.

“We started handing over the bodies to the relatives of the deceased from last night. Some bodies were handed over last night…Even today we handed over one body,” said Amber Kishore Jha, Superintendent of Police the district.

“We followed the due procedure laid down by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). Everything went as per the procedure. Post mortem was conducted on the bodies before they were given to their relatives,” the police official said.

Eight naxalites belonging to a newly-formed extremist group, which allegedly indulged in extortion and violence, were killed in a gunbattle at around 6.30 am in a forest area under Tekulapalli mandal.

They belong to different districts of the state. After verification, it was concluded that they belonged to CPI (ML) Chandra Pullareddy (CP) Bata, the police had said.

Six fire arms – one SLR (self-loading rifle), three SBBL (single barrel breech load), two other weapons, eight kitbags and some Naxalite literature were recovered from the site.

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