Maoists killed in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli

Gadchiroli encounter 16 Naxals killed Maharashtra

Special police team kills 14 Naxals in Gadchiroli

In one of the biggest encounters with Naxals, 16 Naxalites have been gunned down in Etapalli's Boriya forest area in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra.

On the basis of tip-off about the presence of some Maoists in the area, at around 7 am, a C-60 squad of police commandos launched an anti-Maoist combing operations.

Those killed also include two divisional committee (DVC) commanders identified as Sainath Bulesh Madiattram (34), and Vijendran Ranake, alias Srinyu.

According to the police, this was the time when naxals cross over the state border and enter Maharasahtra to rob contractors trading in tendu leaves.

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Thousands of armed men and women - also known as Naxals - have fought authorities in the so-called "Red Corridor" that stretches through central and eastern India.

The combing operation, which started in the morning, are still on at Tadgaon forest in Bhamragad, sources said. "Luckily there have been no reports on injuries or casualties to any of the personnel from the commando team", said An-kush Shinde, divisional inspector general (Gadchiroli Range). According to the reports almost 14 Maoists were killed in an encounter near Tadgaon village.

Gadchiroli (Maharashtra), Apr 22 (ANI): In an anti-Naxal operation success for Gadchiroli police, the death toll of Naxals has risen.

Director General of Police Satish Mathur congratulated the C-60 team which participated in the encounter.

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