Former woman Naxal shot dead

KHAMMAM: CPI (Maoist) Maoists on Saturday shot dead a former woman dalam commander in the Kommugudem forest branding her a police informer. The victim was identified as Durga alias Swarnakka, 40, former dalam commander of Narsampet-Kothagudem who had surrendered long ago and was living at her native village Kommugudem of Gundala mandal of the district.

Incidentally, the current Maoist commander of Narsampet-Kothagudem is namesake of the slain former naxalite. Sources said current commander Swarnakka and her team members kidnapped the former naxal late on Friday night and shot her dead in the wee hours of Saturday in the Kommugudem forest. According to the naxals, the former dalam commander was responsible for the encounter in which Singanna, the dalam commander of Gundala-Narsampet, was shot dead by the police in February this year.

Locals said they heard gunshots in the forest early Saturday and on rushing there, found the body of a woman. On being informed by the villagers, the Gundala police came to the spot and sent the body for autopsy to the Khammam government hospital.


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