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13 Naxals eliminated in encounter in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli

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At least 13 Naxals were eliminated in an encounter on Friday by security forces in the forest area of Etapalli in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district. The combat between the Naxals and Maharashtra Police’s C-60 commandos began at 5.30 am in the forests near Kotmi where they had gathered for a meeting, according to Gadchiroli DIG Sandeep Patil.

The security forces acted on specific inputs and launched a search operation in the forest area. The Naxals spotted the security personnel and opened fire resulting in an hour-long encounter. While many rebels died in the encounter, others escaped into the surrounding vegetation, according to Gadchiroli SP.

The security forces are conducting search operations as more Naxals could be hiding in the area. Some senior cadres of Naxals are suspected to be amongst those killed in the encounter.

Security personnel ambushed by Naxals in Chhattisgarh

Last month, 22 security personnel were killed and 32 got injured in a four-hour-long encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Jonaguda village. This apart, one of the jawans was abducted by the Naxals and released after a few days.

The ambush was similar to the one executed by Naxals in Tadmetla in 2010 and Minapa in 2020.

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Notably, security forces with a strength of over 2,000 jawans had launched a massive anti-Naxal operation from Bijapur and Sukma in South Bastar forests that are considered Maoist stronghold.

Jawans from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), its elite unit CoBRA, the Special Task Force (STF) and the District Reserve Guard were part of the operation. The operation was launched from five places—Tarrem, Pamed and Usoor in Bijapur and Minpa and Narsapuram in Sukma.

When the patrolling team dispatched from Tarrem was moving through a forest near Jonaguda, it was ambushed by the Peoples’ Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) cadres resulting in an intense gun battle.

Following the attack, Amit Shah had said that the fight against the rebels have come to a decisive point and the fight against them will continue with strength, perseverance and intensity and the security forces will take it to the end.

 

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