Thursday, April 09, 2009

12 Naxals killed in encounter

Jaideep Hardikar

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 3:59 IST Email

Nagpur: Gadchiroli police on Monday claimed to have killed at least 12 armed Naxals, while losing three of its C-60 commandos in a fierce late evening encounter on the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border.

The police have been unable to retrieve the Naxals' bodies, but the chief of the police's anti-Naxal operation wing Pankaj Gupta said heavy casualties had been inflicted on the Naxal camp.

The police raided the spot near a village in the remote Dhanora tehsil following a tip-off. A party of 30 C-60 commandos engaged about 100 armed-Naxals for three hours, killing 12 of them, but losing three of its men in retaliatory gunfire.

Four commandos were injured by the Naxals who also threw grenades.

Two months ago, a group of armed Naxals killed 15 policemen, including a sub-inspector, in an attack in Gadchiroli's Markegaon.

After killing the policemen, the Naxals fled with their arms, including eight AK47s, two Insas self-loading rifles, four self-loading rifles, one pistol and a two-inch mortar.
There has been a rise in Naxal activity in Gadchiroli in retaliation to strong police crackdowns through 2008.

Over 20 days ago, at a village in Etapalli, Naxals in uniform attacked a woman ex-sarpanch and slit her throat -- the first such incident in the state in which a woman was targeted.

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