Police gun down six Naxals in Gadchiroli
The Gadchiroli police in an anti-Naxal operation gunned down at least six Maoists near Jimalgatta in Aheri tehsil at around 1.30 am on Sunday. The operation is being said to be the biggest success for the police here.
The ambush was carried out by two commando groups totalling 50 near Govindgaon village and was based on precise intelligence inputs.
"We had information that Naxals were holding a meeting in the village. We sent two parties that laid an ambush at a vantage position from where they could see a meeting being conducted with villagers participating," said DIG (Gadchiroli range) Ravindra Kadam.
He said that after the meeting ended and the villagers left, 10-15 Naxals started walking away from the village. "Our men opened fire. Six of them were killed on the spot and possibly two others were injured. Rest managed to run away," said the DIG.
He said the Naxals tried to retaliate, but were badly exposed to police firing.
"They couldn't hold the ground as probably six of them died in the first burst of fire itself," he said.
The deceased Naxals were identified as Shankar alias Muneshwar Lakda (43), member of south Gadchiroli divisional committee of CPI(Maoist), Vinod alias Chandrayya Kodape (30), Aheri local organisational squad commander, Vinod's wife Geta (25), deputy commander of platoon 14, Zuru Mattami (20), Mohan Kowase (25) and and Sunita alias Pale Bandy Kodape (18).
Two SLRs and two .303 rifles were also recovered. "They didn't have shoulder bags as they were probably heading for their nearby camp where we suspect a platoon was camping," Kadam said.
In 2008, the police had killed five Naxals in an encounter at Dobur in Bhamragarh. Jimalgatta is one of the most sensitive places in south Gadchiroli where Naxals are known to have a free run. It was near here that they had held their jan adalat last year.
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