Naxalites sprang a surprise by firing at a police convoy in the wee hours in Gadchiroli on Sunday. Superintendent of Police Veeresh Prabhu told The Indian Express that “the last-but-one vehicle in the convoy was hit by Naxal bullets, injuring a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel. A few personnel received minor injuries due to glass splinters.” Ashok Pande, who was hit on his leg, is out of danger, Prabhu said.
The convoy was shifting a police party from Gyarapatti to Kotgul in the heavily Naxal-affected part of northern Gadchiroli when the Naxal fire came from the jungle.
The police recovered a grenade and a improvised explosive devise (IED) from the spot, Prabhu added.