Gadhchiroli encounter: As many as 14 Naxalites have been killed in one of the biggest encounters in recent years in Gadchiroli regions of Maharashtra. The encounter is underway. Reports say that the encounter was carried out by security forces after they received a tip-off. Reports say several Naxal leaders including Sainath have been killed in the gunfight.
Sharad Shelar, Inspector General of Police, said that a team of C-60 commandos, a specialised combat unit of the Gadchiroli police, carried out the operation. He said that combing operations, which started in the morning, was currently underway at Tadgaon forest in Bhamragad.
The official said that two district-level “commanders”of the proscribed outfit, identified as Sainath and Sainyu, were among those killed in the gunfight.
Deputy Inspector General of Police (Gadchiroli range) Ankush Shinde told The Indian Express that the operation was launched in Saturday. So far 14 bodies have been recovered from the spot. “We had information about movement of Perimili Dalam near Tadgaon. So, we had launched an operation on Saturday. Today, around 9.30 am, an encounter ensued. This is the first time that two DVC members have been killed in one operation,” Shinde said.
Shinde said that officials are still gathering information about the encounter. The commandos, he said, are yet to return.
Meanwhile, Director General of Police Satish Mathur congratulated the C-60 team. “This is a major operation against Naxals in recent times,” Mathur said. Earlier on April 3, Sunil Kulmethe, also a member of south Gadchiroli division, was killed in an encounter near Sironcha Rahul. In 2017, 19 Naxalites were killed in Gadchiroli.
A Raja, Additional SP, Gadchiroli, said that huge cache of arms and ammunition were also seized from the site.
Gadchiroli district is situated in the southeastern corner of Maharashtra. It is considered a Maoist hub.