WAYANAD: Maoist leader CP Jaleel was killed during an encounter between Maoists and Kerala Police's Thunderbolt unit at a resort in Wayanad on Wednesday night.
As per the report, the Maoist gang had approached the ‘Upavan Resort’ near Vythiri in Wayanad district to extort money and provisions from the owner of the resort.
When the staff refused to give in, the Maoists hostage some of the people at the resort, demanded money and food for 10 people.
Subsequently, the resort staff informed the police and a team of Thunderbolts rushed to the spot and an encounter ensued around 8 pm and continued till early on Thursday.
As per the report, one of the suspected Maoists, who was injured in the firing is in police custody.
The other Maoist gang managed to escape deep into the forest behind the resort.
Police said the death toll is likely to go up as many rebels were wounded in the firing and that they will search the forest areas for them.
Tension prevailed around the resort and the team was cordoned off the entire area. The cops moved the people at nearby restaurants and resorts for their safety.
The police were provided security to other hotels and resorts in the locality and directed the residents to stay indoors.
Police sources said that the forces will be on high alert and the search operations will continue until the remaining Maoists are traced.
More details will be available only after the inquest was completed.
The Thunderbolt is an elite commando wing of the India Reserve Battalion of the Kerala Police.
They are specially trained to carry out anti-Maoist operations and handle any level of security emergencies.
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