26 Maoists gunned down by cops in 10-hourr operation near Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border | India News – Times of India

Nagpur: At least 26 Maoists were shot dead by C60 commandos of Gadchiroli police on Saturday after a 10-hour gun battle near Mardintola village in Giarapatti-Kotgul forest in Dhanora taluk on the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border. Four commandos were shot.
Sources said Milind Teltumbde, a member of the Central Committee (CC) of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) in charge of the Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh zones, was also killed in the gunfight. Teltumbde is considered to be the pioneer of the concept of “urban Maoism”.
Sources further claimed that Divisional Committee Member (DVC) Shuklal Parcheki and Prabhakar of Maoist Company No. 4 were among the dead.
Between April 22 and 24, 2018, commandos shot and killed 37 Naxalites, including 19 women. Saturday’s encounter was the second largest in terms of Naxals killed. “The death toll could be higher and some of the dead could be women,” said Gadchiroli SP Ankit Goel.
CC is the apex body of the rebel movement where Teltumbde occupied a top position like the Maoist movement in central India. Observers say Saturday’s encounter is a major blow to the three-decade-old Naxal movement.
Sources said Teltumbde was being taken to the Maharashtra border by Chhattisgarh-based Vistar “Dalam” and was picked up by Korchi Dalam members and Company No.4. “There were at least 40-45 Naxalite camps,” they added. About 16 C60 teams surrounded the camp. The commandos came level and attacked. Maoist troops fired and the C60 fired back. More in number, the Maoists tried to flee to Chhattisgarh but were stopped by commandos.
The injured soldiers were first taken to Dhanora and then airlifted to Nagpur where they are being treated at a private hospital. Dr Anup Marar of the Orange City Hospital and Research Institute said: “All four were stable but two were seriously injured.
The bodies should be identified “following standard operating procedures,” Goyal said. “We have heard that Teltumbde has died but the information has not been confirmed yet as the jawans have not returned yet,” he said. Once the bodies are brought to the district headquarters, the surrendered Naxals will be called to identify the bodies.
It is learned that the encounter started at 6.30 am and lasted till 4.30 pm. When it was over, the commandos launched a search operation in the jungle as the Maoists were known to take their dead and wounded to nearby villages. Sources said that it did not last long as darkness fell.
Preliminary reports said large quantities of arms and ammunition were seized after the encounter, which is considered to be the longest in the history of the state’s fight against the Maoist insurgency. Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil congratulated Gadchiroli police in a tweet.
Naxal Range DIG Sandeep Patil, who is in charge of anti-Naxal operations in the state, could not go to Gadchiroli as the state government had taken him to Amravati town on Saturday to deal with the law and order situation there.

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