Policemen kill six more Naxals in Gadchiroli

Maharashtra: 4 Naxals killed in a fresh encounter in Gadchiroli

On Sunday, the C-60 commandos were engaged in a gunfight with Naxals in the Gadchiroli district's Karnasur jungle, which left 16 left-winged extremists dead.

Of the six maoists killed in the operation, four were reported to be women.

The elite C-60 commandos of district police were involved in the operation, said another senior police official.

These 15 Maoists are said to be from among those who managed to escape into the forests during Sunday's encounter. So, we launched an operation on Saturday evening. The search is continuing in the forest to recover more bodies, if any. "Those killed includes another divisional committee (DVC) member, Nandu", added the senior IPS officer. Twelve of the 16 Maoists have been identified so far, The Hindu reported. The forces had seized two AK47, two SLRs, one.303 bore, five 8mm, six 12 bore firearms from the spot.

Last month eight members of the security forces were killed in Chhattisgarh after suspected rebels blew up their vehicle with a landmine.

Officials said that the Sironcha and Perimeli dalams have been totally wiped out in the two-day operations. This is being termed as the biggest success that the anti-naxal operations have got till date.

It may recalled that on December 6 previous year, the commandos from the State Anti-Naxal Squad (ANS) of the Maharashtra Police had gunned down seven Naxalites, including five women, in an encounter near Jhinganur village in Sironcha tehsil of Gadchiroli. Along with this, across states - Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and Telangana- almost 43 Maoists were killed during the same period in eight operations.

Gadchiroli Police, in a press release, mentioned the names of some slain Naxals, including Shrinu alias Shrikanth (51), a native of Challgari in Telangana, who was deputy commander. In the first incident, three security personnel - two men from the Maharashtra police and a jawan from the 37 Battalion of CRPF were injured in an encounter with a group of Maoists.

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