POLICE CLAIMS 26 MAOISTS KILLED IN GADCHIROLI, MAHARASHTRA

Maharashtra: The police have said at least 26 maoist militants have been killed Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli in an intense encounter with security forces in the forests. The encounter happened on Saturday. In the incident, four policemen have been injured and have been taken to Nagpur for treatment. The Saturday encounter was reportedly the longest in Gadchiroli, which began at 6am and concluded at around 4pm. The Indian Express has reported that the injured policemen identify as Ravindra Naitam (42) Sarveshwar Atram (34) Maharu Kudmethe (34) and Tikaram Katange (41) according to Superintendent of Police Ankit Goyal. 

 

There are rumours that say one of the militants killed was CPI(Maoist)’s Milind Teltumbde, who is a central committee member of the party. Ankit Goyal has said ‘for now’, they’re only rumours. “We will be able to say for sure by Sunday morning once all the bodies get identified”, he said. Teltumbde is the younger brother of Dalit intellectual and writer Anand Teltumbde is currently imprisoned in the Bhima Koregaon Case. 

 

Police claim that around 100 elite C-60 commandos of the Gadchiroli Police carried out the operation. Apparently, reports claim that the operation was planned as the police had prior knowledge of Maoist camp. “The group mainly comprised Korchi Dalam members led by Sukhlal, member of the Gadchiroli divisional committee of the CPI(Maoist). But there must have been members of some other formation as well as the encounter was a prolonged one, indicating that there was stiff resistance by the Maoists,” sources told national daily Indian Express. The encounter on Saturday was the second biggest in the forest with 26 Maoist casualties. 

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