CHANDRAPUR: Security forces nabbed two hardcore Naxal commanders on Monday in an operation in remote jungles of Etapalli in Gadchiroli district. Arrested Naxalites have been identified as platoon commander Adve Mura Gawade (30) and section commander Janni Narsu Kowase (25).
Official sources informed that cops got a tip-off about the location of Gawade, alias Prakash alias Devidas and Kowase alias Rammi in remote jungles under Etapalli police station. Immediately a joint operation was launched by CRPF and Etapalli police in the jungles and both the Naxalites were rounded up from their hideout.
Gawade hails from Mardhur village in Bhamragad tehsil and had worked as commander of Platoon-A of Naxal guerrillas. Kowase hails from Neltotal in Kanker district of Chhattisgarh and had worked as section commander of the same Platoon-A.
Both the Naxal leaders were involved in Khobramenda encounter held on April 19, 2011, Dhamditola encounter on December 1, 2011 in Gondia district and Charbhatti-Bamni encounter held in 2006. Both have been involved in more than 13 Naxal related offences, Gadchiroli police said.