Milind Baburao Teltumbde, aka Deepak Teltumbde, a member of the CPI (Maoist) central committee and head of the newly formed MMC (Maharashtra-Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh confluence) zone of the rebels, was among the 26 killed in Saturday’s meeting in Gadchiroli. . officials said Sunday.
“According to primary identification, Teltumbde was one of 26 Maoists killed in Saturday’s meeting,” Gadchiroli Police Superintendent Ankit Goyal said Sunday, adding that identification of other slain rebels was underway.
At least 26 Maoists were killed in the shooting that took place on Saturday morning in Korchi, in the Mardintola forest area in eastern Maharashtra. According to the primary identification of the slain Maoists, Lokesh alias Mangu Podiyam, commander of Company 4, and Mahesh alias Shivaji Ravji Ghote, DVCM, the Kasansur squad were also killed along with Teltumbde, people familiar with the events said.
The encounter occurred during a search operation by the C-60 police command team, led by additional SP Soumya Munde.
Teltumbde alias Jeeva, one of the highest ranking officials of the CPI (Maoist), was the special zone secretary for the team’s MMC zone.
Milind was also charged in the Bhima Koregaon Elgar Parishad violence case, in which his older brother Anand Teltumbde, a well-known academic, is a junior in judicial custody.
The National Investigative Agency (NIA) in its October 2020 charge sheet filed in the Elgar Parishad case said that Milind was inspired by his older brother to join the Maoist ranks. “Milind alias Deepak is expanding the Naxal Maoist movement in urban areas with the help of his older brother Anand Teltumbde internationally and received his guidance. Milind was inspired by his brother to join the CPI (Maoist) movement, ”the NIA charge sheet read.
He was tasked with creating a new territory that would allow rebels to easily pass from east to west and vice versa and a safe abode for high-ranking rebel leaders.
Senior intelligence officers believed that Teltumbde had been visiting MMC areas regularly and had recruited about 100 locals for a commando unit, called Vistaar Dalam, from MMC.
Teltumbde used to move with heavily armed bodyguards and a platoon of Maoists in the woods. According to senior Maoist leader Pahaad Singh, who surrendered in 2018, he made all the important team decisions regarding the area.
“He was the person who pushed the idea of developing Amarkantak as a ‘base area’ of MMC, at a meeting in 2016, in which members of the Central Committee (CCM) of the CPI (Maoists) were present, including him,” he said. a senior official in the Indian Police. officer (IPS) who questioned Pahaad Singh, he said.
Weapons recovered so far include five AK-47s, one AK with UBGL or under-barrel grenade launchers, nine SLRs (self-loading rifles), one Insas (Indian Small Arms System), three .303 rifles, nine 12-gauge pistols. More searches are underway, police officers said.