2 Naxals behind MLA killing dead

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2 Naxals behind MLA killing dead

An encounter broke out between a team of 20 District Reserve Guard (DRG) and the attackers, in which two Maoists - identified as Vargese and Linga - were killed.

Nearly 10 days after BJP MLA Bheema Mandavi from Dantewada and his four security personnel were killed in an IED blast by Maoist in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada, the police claimed that they have killed Varghese - the man believed to be behind the attack.

Police said Varghese and eight other Naxals had gathered at a hill top near Dualikarka in Dantewada on Wednesday night, who had planned to carry another IED blast there. Police got information about the attack and reached the spot.

An encounter broke out between a team of 20 District Reserve Guard (DRG) and the attackers, in which two Maoists - identified as Vargese and Linga - were killed.

The officials also recovered a.315 bore gun from there. Varghese, who was the chief of a Naxal committee, carried a Rs 5 lakh reward on his head. Linga was a local member of Katikalayan Committee. Police have also arrested a Naxal who was injured in the gunfight. Superintendent of Police (SP)

Abhishek Pallava told India Today TV, "Varghese was a prime accused in the killing of BJP MLA Bheema Mandavi. He was in charge of a technical team and an IED expert in Katikalayan Committee. He and another person identified as Pradeep were involved in planting an IED in Shyamagiri where Bheema Mandavi was killed." Mandavi was among the five people killed in a Maoist attack on April 9.

The IED blast took place just two days before Bastar Lok Sabha elections. Three more constituencies in the state - Rajnandgaon, Mahasamund and Kanker -voted in the second phase of LS polls on Thursday.