Bengaluru: Maoist leader C.P. Jaleel was shot dead after a heavy exchange of gun fire with the police in Kerala on the wee hours of Thursday. The firing took place after a five-member gang tried to take hostage of a resort in Kerala's Wayanad late last night.

The gang identified themselves as Maoists and demanded cash and food supplies for 10 people at the front desk of Upavan resort, on the Kozhikode-Bengaluru highway, after which the hotel alerted the police, local reports said.

Commandos of special anti-Maoists force, known as 'Thunderbolt', and the local police soon reached the spot and started an encounter that continued until Thursday morning. The Maoists shot back with gun fires.

Traffic was stopped along the highway and the power supply to the area was cut. After killing one Maoist, the firing also injured another, who was taken into custody, and caused minor injuries to two police officers. The rest of the gang members escaped into the forest, the police told local reporters.

Jaleel, 40, a native of Malappuram district, is the brother of Maoist leader C.P. Ismail, who was arrested along with the extremist outfit's southern leader Murali Kunnampally recently. He is believed to be part of the outfit's Western Ghats Zonal Command.

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