In a big breakthrough in the anti-Maoist operations in India, top Maoist leader Kishenji was killed in a gunbattle with the security personnel in West Midnapore area of West Bengal.
The TV channels quoting the CRPF, have confirmed Kishenji's death and said that hunt is on to trace his key woman aide, Suchitra, who could be dead too. Three or four Maoists were also killed in the encounter, it is believed.
Kishenji alias Mallojula Koteshwar Rao, who was born in July 1956, failed to dodge the security personnel this time, as they launched a massive operation to nab him. He was the topmost leader of the Communist Party of India (Maoist).
The gunbattle was reportedly held at Burishol village in Junglemahal area of West Midnapore. The 207 Cobra Battalion has killed Kishenji, the TV channels reported.