Cops kill 2 woman Naxals in Gadchiroli, lose commando in counter-attack
NAGPUR: Security forces gunned down two alleged Naxal cadres near Hiddoor village of Etapalli sub-division in south Gadchiroli on Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh state border on Monday. But their success came undone when commandos stayed too long at encounter site and walked into rebels’ counter attack just a couple of kilometres away leading to death of one jawan and injuries to a couple of others.
It’s learnt that a troupe of C-60 commandos, returning after duty for local village civic bodies poll at remote Jambiya Gatta of Etapalli taluka, had taken a detour through the village and jungles of Hiddoor as a routine area domination exercise when the first encounter took place. Hiddoor and Hicher are two villages considered heavily influenced by the Naxals. The forces and Naxals are learnt to have exchanged fire after running into each other in the forest. Top police officials claimed bodies of two unidentified women cadres were also recovered.
The cops stated the Naxals managed to carry away more injured cadres. After the rebel guerrillas retreated, the cops recovered one .303 rifle, around 25 pittoos (rucksacks), Naxal literature, utensils and other material during search operations. As cops spent time doing this, Naxals launched a counter-attack on the forces later in the day. The C-60 commandos, who seemed to have spent crucial couple of hours in the place of first encounter, were caught off guard and walked into the ambush laid by the reds in the jungle. C-60 commando Ganpat Madavi was killed in the encounter while another was seriously injured as Naxals cornered the forces for sometime before retreating as the security forces retaliated.
The injured were rushed to Aheri rural hospital for treatment. Sources from Gadchiroli police stated Naxal’s Company 10 was active in the region where action took place. Security forces are also not ruling out involvement of Gatta or Surjagarh local organizational squad (LOS). Deputy inspector general of police, Naxal range, Ravindra Kadam said that the security forces were trying to ascertain whether the Naxals near Hiddoor were part of the supply or courier team linking rebels in jungles of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh with that of Abhujmadh, considered as reds’ bastion. “The bodies of slain Naxals would be shown to the surrendered rebels for identification,” he said.
CPI (Maoist) camp raided; arms and ammunition recovered
A raid was carried out at a camp of the CPI (Maoist) in Giridih district and arms and ammunition were recovered, police said today. Led by Additional Superintendent of Police Kundal, the security personnel comprising CRPF, CoBra and district police force men conducted the raid in a jungle near Tesafuli village last night in search of absconding ultras and recovered three rifles, three country-made pistols and 16 live cartridges, Superintendent of Police (Giridih) Kranti Kumar said. No arrest could be made, but combing operation was on in the foothills of Parasnath jungle in the naxal-affected district, the SP added.