Naxals kill three police commandoes in Maharashtra`s Gadchiroli
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2013, 11:40
  
Zee Media Bureau

Pune: Banned CPI-M Maoists triggered a landmine blast in a forest area on the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border in the wee hours on Thursday, killing at least three police commandoes.

According to the Gadchiroli District Collector, the anti-Naxal commando force jawans were conducting a combing operation in the Bada Zariya forest area in Dhanora taluka following a tip-off when the Naxals triggered a landmine blast.

The jawans, who were killed, belonged to the C-60 Commando Force. There was also a heavy exchange of fire after the blast, locals said.

Senior police officials were rushed to the spot and the bodies are being brought to Gadchiroli, police said.

This is a major attack by Maoists in the last few months after police eliminated more than 23 ultras in different operations this year.

The attack could be part of a larger ambush plan of Naxals to target the government machinery, sources said.

In June this year, Naxals killed three persons including a Vice President of Lloyds near Nender village in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra.

In 2009, nearly 200 armed Naxals, dressed in olive green uniforms, attacked a police patrol about a kilometer from Lahiri village and killed at least 17 policemen in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district.

Naxals are said to be regrouping themselves as heavy rains in the Monsoon season makes search and combing operations difficult in dense forests.


First Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013, 08:47


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