The family of one of the victims killed in the encounter claimed that police shot him dead along with his wife and his teenage daughter in a staged encounter.
16 insurgents were killed and 11 others wounded in an ensuing battle that took place over several hours in southern Kandahar.
Based on information of Maoist movement, police came across a group at the foothills of Gandhamardan hill while returning from patrolling operation.
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A police official said the CRPF, Army and J&K police in a joint operation laid siege around Dar Ganiegund Village in Tral after receiving information about the presence of some terrorists there.
The encounter took place on Saturday night when Dharmendra Singh alias Suraj Singh (35) was surrounded by a police team, Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar said.
The Special Operation Group (SOG) of Odisha Police and Greyhounds of Andhra Police were conducting a combing operation near Andrapalli village in Swabhimaan area when the Maoists started firing.
Santosh, a resident of Dobondha village was wanted by the police for his involvement in several criminal cases including murder, extortion, tender fixing, robbery and theft.
Over 60 criminals have been killed in police encounters since the BJP government came in power in March last year.
Local journalists and television crew were formally invited as the policemen, wearing bulletproof vests, were seen aiming their guns at the criminals.
The top cop said at least 63 such criminals have been killed in police encounters since the Yogi Adityanath-led government took charge of the state in March last year.
A wanted criminal, who was carrying a reward of Rs 25,000 on his head, was killed while another arrested in separate encounters in Saharanpur and Ghaziabad districts of UP.