One of the six Maoists killed in an exchange of fire with greyhounds staff reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 here on Saturday.
The bodies of the six Maoists reached the Narsipatnam Area Hospital on Thursday evening and the autopsy was performed on Friday.
According to sources, Santu Nachike from Koraput is said to have tested positive for COVID. During this pandemic period, the COVID test is mandatory and it tested positive on the rapid antigen test. His smears were sent to the RTPCR for confirmation, a forensic team source said.
In the meantime, the bodies of Ranadev alias Arjun from Malkangiri in Odisha, Sande Gangaiah alias Dr. Ashok from Peddapalli in Telangana and Lalita from GK Veedhi from Visakhapatnam district handed over to their family members. The bodies of Paike from Chhattisgarh, Nachike and Madakam Chaite, also from Chhattisgarh, have yet to be handed over as no one has claimed them, as we learn.
“We will wait 72 hours according to the norms, and even if there are no claimants, we will take the necessary steps to bury them,” said OSD by Narsipatnam Sateesh Kumar.
The six Maosits were killed in a gun battle with greyhounds on Wednesday near the village of Theegalametta in Koyyuru mandal in Visakhapatnam district. It is now known that combing work is still being carried out inside the Visakha Agency.