Gadchiroli on alert after Chhattisgarh incident

NAGPUR: The possibility of a retaliatory attack following the deaths of 19 alleged Naxals in neighbouring Chhattisgarh state has prompted the Gadchiroli police in Maharashtra to get into an alert mode on Friday.

Following the alert order, combined security forces engaged a group of armed Naxal guerrillas in Phulgondi forest near Bedgaon village in Kurkheda taluka on Friday afternoon. The security forces recovered Naxal literature, detonators, explosives, medicines and other materials after the encounter. Bloodstains were also found on the ground. Sources in the district police said Naxals slipped out of the place as the security forces stepped up pressure.

Apart from the encounter, there had been no untoward incident reported from the district so far. Superintendent of police, Gadchroli, Mohammed Suwez Haque said co-ordination with the officers of the neighbouring states and districts was on. “We have already briefed our personnel and adequate measures have been undertaken,” he said. He stressed that police would now take serious cognizance of every incident irrespective of its location and context. “We are now taking stock of every situation and keeping a keen eye on the developments,” he said.

Haque said that Gadchiroli police would remain prepared for any eventuality. “It is a war like situation and every attack is like a battle,” he said. He added that operations were on in the district.
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