26 Maoists Gunned Down by Police in 10-Hour Operation Near Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh Border | India News

NAGPUR: At least 26 Maoists were shot dead by Gadchiroli C60 police commandos on Saturday after a 10-hour shooting near Mardintola village in the Gyarapatti-Kotgul forest region of Dhanora taluka along the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border. Four commandos suffered gunshot wounds.
Sources said that Milind teltumbde, a member of the central committee (CC) of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) in charge of the areas of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, had also been killed in the shooting. Teltumbde was considered a pioneer of the concept of “urban Maoism”.
The sources also claimed that members of the Divisional Committee (DVC) Shuklal Parcheki and Prabhakar of the formation of Company No. 4 of the Maoists were among those killed.
Between April 22 and 24, 2018, commandos shot and killed 37 Naxalites, including 19 women. Saturday’s encounter is the second largest in terms of Naxals killed. “The number could be higher and among the dead there could also be some women,” said Gadchiroli SP Ankit Goyal.
The CC is the supreme body of the rebel movement in which Teltumbde held a senior position when it comes to the Maoist movement in central India. Observers say Saturday’s meeting was a major blow to the three-decade-old Naxalite movement.
Sources said Teltumbde was being escorted to the Maharashtra border by Chhattisgarh-based Vistar “dalam” and was greeted by members of Korchi dalam and Company No. 4. “There were at least 40-45 Naxalites camping at the site.” they added. Around 16 C60 teams cordoned off the camp. The commandos formed layers and attacked. The Maoist sentries opened fire and the C60 retaliated. Outnumbered, the Maoists tried to flee to Chhattisgarh, but were trapped because commandos had blocked their escape routes.
The injured jaws were first flown to Dhanora and then flown to Nagpur, where they are being treated at a private hospital. “All four are stable, but two jaws are critically injured,” he said. Dr. Anup Marar from the Orange City Hospital and Research Institute.
Goyal said the bodies must be identified “following standard operating procedures.” “We have heard that Teltumbde is dead, but the information has not yet been confirmed as the Jawans have not yet returned,” he said. Once the bodies are brought to the district headquarters, surrendered Naxalites will be called in to identify the corpses.
It is known that the meeting began at 6.30 in the morning and lasted until 4.30 in the afternoon. When it finished, the commandos began search operations in the forest, as the Maoists are known to take their dead and wounded to nearby villages. Sources said that this could not continue for as long as the darkness had begun.
Early reports said that a large quantity of arms and ammunition was seized after the encounter, considered one of the longest in the history of the state’s fight against the Maoist insurgency. Maharashtra Interior Minister Dilip Walse Patil congratulated the Gadchiroli police in a tweet.
Naxal DIG range Sandip patil, who is also in charge of state anti-Naxal operations, was unable to go to Gadchiroli because the state government had rushed him to the city of Amravati to address the public order situation that emerged there on Saturday.

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