A Maoist was killed in an exchange of fire with the members of the District Reserve Guard (DRG), the frontline anti-Naxal force of the state police at 6 am in the forests of Neelawaya, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava said on Tuesday.
The body of the Maoist, identified as Kosa, has been recovered, the police said adding the encounter took place early morning.
The killed red-cadre was a resident of Mallapara in Neelawaya and was active in the Maoist organisation for the past 15 years. He was the Malangir area committee member and “military intelligence in charge”, Pallava said.
The Maoist was carrying Rs five lakh reward on his head.
The slain Maoist was wanted in connection with 15 crimes involving Naxal actions. A 9-mm pistol and a country-made bharmar, a muzzle-loading gun were recovered from the encounter site.
Three kg IED, backpacks, medicines, and other items of daily use have also been recovered, he said.
On Monday the Maoists had murdered two youngsters in Sukma, including a 15-year-old boy, because these youngsters have close family members in the security forces.
They accused the child of being a police informant, beat him savagely, and slit his throat on Sunday night, said the police.
Five persons, including two off-duty cops, have been murdered in Sukma in the past five days.
Post Sukma-Bijapur encounter in which 22 policemen were killed, the Maoists are continuously killing and terrorizing the innocent villagers and jawans in the region. In the last press release issued by CPI Maoists spokesperson Vikalp, he had indicated more violence in Bastar in the month of April.