In Gadchiroli, 100 militants fired on commandos, security personnel with modern weapons: Police

Nagpur, November 14

A senior police officer said that when the encounter started in the Mardintola forest of Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district on Saturday morning, 100 Maoists fired indiscriminately at C-60 commandos and Special Action Team (SAT) personnel with their sophisticated weapons. on Sunday.

Senior cadre Milind Teltumbde and 25 militants were killed when this fierce encounter ended after about 10 hours at around 3.30 pm on Saturday.

Addressing a press conference, Gadchiroli SP Ankit Goel said that the police had received intelligence about the presence of a Naxal camp in Mardintola forest of Gyarapatti area of ​​Korchi tehsil about two days before Saturday’s operation.

DIG (Gadchiroli Range) Sandeep Patil and other senior police officers were present in the press conference.

“A team of 300 police personnel including C-60 commandos and SAT along with Additional SP Soumya Munde launched the anti-Naxal operation. They launched a search operation in Mardintola forest on Thursday night. Around 6 am on Saturday morning, over 100 militants opened heavy fire on C-60 commandos and Special Action Team (SAT) personnel with their state-of-the-art arms and ammunition.

He said 26 militants were killed and four security personnel were injured in the encounter.

Goel said 16 bodies have been identified so far with the help of the surrendered militants.

He said several slain Maoists had heavy bounties on their heads, including top Maoist leader Milind Teltumbde, who had a bounty of Rs 50 lakh.

“The killing of Milind Teltumbde will affect the Naxal movement very badly not only in Maharashtra but across India,” Goyal said.

A senior police officer said earlier in the day that Teltumbde was a wanted accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist link case. PTI