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At least 26 Maoists killed in encounter in Gadchiroli, say police

Not less than 26 Maoists had been killed in a fierce encounter with safety forces in a dense forest in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district, police mentioned on Saturday. 4 policemen had been additionally injured within the encounter and had been taken to Nagpur for therapy.

The injured policemen have been recognized as Ravindra Naitam (42) Sarveshwar Atram (34) Maharu Kudmethe (34) and Tikaram Katange (41).

Superintendent of Police Ankit Goyal instructed The Indian The Press Reporter, “We’ve got recovered 26 our bodies to this point. The deceased Maoists will likely be recognized by Sunday morning.”

The encounter was one of many longest within the historical past of Gadchiroli—it began at round 6 am and ended by 4 pm.

Whereas police declare that round 100 elite C-60 commandos of the Gadchiroli police carried out the operation, sources instructed The Indian The Press Reporter that there have been 16 events of the C-60 commandos with a complete power of over 500.

Sources additionally confirmed that the operation was launched as cops had prior data of Maoists tenting within the forest. “The group primarily comprised Korchi Dalam members led by Sukhlal, member of the Gadchiroli divisional committee of the CPI(Maoist). However there should have been members of another formation in addition to the encounter was a protracted one, indicating that there was stiff resistance by the Maoists,” sources mentioned.

With 26 Maoist casualties, Saturday’s encounter is the second greatest within the historical past of Gadchiroli.

On April 23, 2018, the Gadchiroli police had gunned down 40 Maoists in two completely different skirmishes. Whereas 34 had been killed within the Boria-Kasnasur space of Etapalli tehsil, six from the identical group had been gunned down whereas they had been reportedly on the run in Aheri tehsil.

Following Saturday’s encounter, there have been rumours about CPI(Maoist) central committee member Milind Teltumbde being amongst those that had been killed. Goyal mentioned, “For now, it is just a hearsay. We will say for certain by Sunday morning as soon as all of the our bodies get recognized.”

Sources mentioned, “The police have taken Rakesh, the previous bodyguard of Teltumbde, who had surrendered just a few days in the past, to examine whether or not the CPI(Maoist) chief was among the many deceased.

Teltumbde is the youthful brother of Dalit mental Anand Teltumbde, who’s underneath arrest in reference to the Bhima-Koregaon case. He’s additionally the in-charge of the Maharashtra-Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh zone of CPI(Maoist).

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