Saturday, August 15, 2009

Naxalite killed in encounter

Post CommentLarger | Smaller Vivek Deshpande
Tags : mumbai, naxalite

Posted: Saturday , Aug 15, 2009 at 0338 hrs

After a long gap, the Gadchiroli police on Friday turned the tables on Maoists when they swooped down on a camp of over 50 members belonging to Etapalli Dalam and Kasansur local operating squad (LOS), killing at least one Naxalite.

The encounter took place near Todsa village in Etapalli tahsil between 6.30 am and 7 am. What made Friday’s encounter significant is that Naxalites have been most active in this part, openly moving around in what police believe to be “call ambush” tactics — inviting the cops to act and then trap them in ambush.

“We feel there were many casualties on their side, but as they always do most bodies seem to have been carried away,” Gadchiroli’s new superintendent of police Jayakumar told The Indian Express .

Jayakumar took over from Rajesh Pradhan last week. Pradhan is now SP, Yavatmal. “As many as 41 pitthus (shoulder bags), three weapons, a lot of hand grenades and detonators, camping material and literature were seized,” Jayakumar said.

“There was a lot of blood spilled on the spot as also some dragging marks, proving many other casualties on the Naxal side,” the SP said. “There was no harm to the C-60 commandos who conducted the operation under the leadership of Etapalli additional superintendent of police C K Meena.”

The deceased Naxalite is yet to be identified. It is suspected that the camp was led by Etapalli area committee chief and a very senior cadre Joganna, who was instrumental in organising the Janatana Sarkar (people’s government) in Etapalli tahsil last year. The police had successfully busted the attempt.

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