Naxalites of CPI (Maoist) shot dead a state reserve police force (SRPF) jawan at Fulbodi Gatta village in south Gadchiroli, some 300 kms from Nagpur in east Maharashtra, on Thursday. According to reports, the incident occurred when the SRPF jawan RR Pande (50), along with three
colleagues, were on escort duty and accompanying an ailing colleague to the local government run primary health centre on Thursday morning. As soon as Pande and others approached the centre, a group of armed naxalites who were hiding there, opened fired at them killing him on the spot.
The SRPF jawans who are camping at the village to curb naxal menace in the region often visit the health centre for minor treatment. On Thursday morning, the Maoists attacked them in what seemed a planned attack.
The incident occurred just 300-400 metres from the SRPF camp and the village police outpost. When Pande was attacked by the red rebels, his colleagues did not retaliate. Viresh Prabhu, the superintendent of police (SP) of Gadchiroli admitted that the jawans were unarmed when they went to the primary health centre for the treatment of one SRPF jawan. “We are investigating the matter,” he said.
No one was arrested in this regard so far.
The incident happened just 20 kms from Pushtola village where 13 CRPF personnel were killed and several others injured when the naxals triggered a landmine blast to blow up a bus on March 27 this year.