Naxals blow up police vehicle in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli; 15 commandos killed

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Suspected Maoists blew up at least one van carrying security personnel here on afternoon in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. According to reports, Maoists targeted a vehicle carrying security personnel and used IED explosives.

Early morning, Maoists torched 25 vehicles at a road construction site in Kurkheda of Gadchiroli district. They torched the vehicles, which were parked along the road, using kerosene and diesel, police officer Shailesh Balkawade. The two incidents come on a day when Maharashtra is celebrating its foundation day. The Maoists were in the final stages of observing a week-long protest to mark the first anniversary of 40 of their members who were gunned down by security forces on April 22 last year. Gadchiroli voted in the first phase of national election on April 11. Sharad Shelar, IG, Anti-Naxal Operations, said the vehicle which was blown up was carrying QRT (Quick Response Team) Commandoes of the Maharashtra Police. Reinforcements have been sent to the spot and air support will follow shortly, the official added.

On April 9, five people including a BJP legislator and four security personnel were killed in a Maoist-triggered IED blast in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district.

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