Cherla encounter victims identified, HC orders to preserve bodies

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Maoists killed in encounter - File Photo
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Kothagudem district police have identified the 3 Naxals who were killed in an encounter yesterday in Chennapuram forest range under the Cherla police station limits.

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According to the Superintendent of Police Bhadradri Kothagudem district Sunil Dutt, they include Sodi Jogaiah (25), Madakam Malli (22) and Madakam Mangi (23). There are over 26 criminal cases are pending against Sodi Jogaiah who is also the Commander of the Cherla Guerilla squad. He was the prime accused in the murder of TRS ex-MPTC Srinivasa Rao of Mandal.

The SP said that the bodies have been handed over to the relatives after the postmortem today. However, the bodies were taken back quickly soon after the High Court ordered to protect the bodies for further investigation.

The High Court issued the orders to this effect following a lunch motion moved the Civil Liberties Committee members.

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