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Two women cadres of CPI (Maoist) were killed in an alleged gun battle with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on Monday.

The two women rebels were collectively carrying cash rewards of Rs 7 lakh on their heads, police said.

The gunfight took place at around 5:30 pm in a forest between Kalepal and Kakari villages under the Kuakonda police station.

The encounter, which lasted for about half-an-hour, broke out when the patrolling team was cordoning off the jungle, said a police official.

After the guns fell silent, the bodies of two women ultras along with a pistol and a muzzle-loading gun were recovered from the spot, Pallava said.

One of the killed ultras was identified as Ayte Mandavi, who was active as Maoists Malangir area committee member and intelligence head of the area, he said.

She carried a reward of Rs 5 lakh on her head, the police officer said.

The second rebel was identified as Vijje Markam, an intelligence wing member in the same unit who was carrying a reward of Rs 2 lakh on her head.

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