Mumbai: At least five suspected Maoists including two women were gunned down after two encounters with the security forces in the forests of Khobramendha in Gadchiroli.
Deputy inspector general police, Gadchiroli range, Sandip Patil said that the Kurkheda police station had received a tip-off regarding the presence of several suspected Maoists in the jungle for a training camp. The first encounter took place when the Gadchiroli Police’s C-60 Commandos team was engaged in a search and combing operation on Saturday morning, culminating in a fierce exchange of fire with around 50-60 extremists hiding in the jungles at various locations.
In that gun-battle, the firing continued for over an hour after which the Maoists retreated and escaped into the forest that morning. Later, the police scanned the vicinity and recovered 3 pressure cooker bombs, 303 rifle magazines, live cartridges, electric wires bundles, fire-cracker bombs, solar plats, medicines and other material, DIGP Sandip Patil told media persons today.
After 48 hours lapsed this morning, when a new team of commandos resumed the jungle search operations based on intel-info around 7.30 am, they encountered a group of around 25 Maoists who opened indiscriminate firing in their diretion.