At least 26 Maoists were killed in a fierce encounter with security forces in a dense forest in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district, police said on Saturday.
Four policemen were also injured in the encounter and were taken to Nagpur for treatment.
26 Naxals have been eliminated in an encounter with the C-60 unit of Maharashtra Police in the jungles of Gyarapatti in Gadchiroli district today. Three jawans have suffered injuries in the encounter: Gadchiroli SP Ankit Goel— ANI (@ANI) November 13, 2021
Superintendent of Police Ankit Goyal said, “We have recovered 26 bodies so far. The deceased Maoists will be identified by Sunday morning.”
The encounter was one of the longest in the history of Gadchiroli—it started at around 6 am and ended by 4 pm. While police claim that around 100 elite C-60 commandos of the Gadchiroli police carried out the operation, sources told that there were 16 parties of the C-60 commandos with a total strength of over 500.
With 26 Maoist casualties, Saturday’s encounter is the second biggest in the history of Gadchiroli.
On April 23, 2018, the Gadchiroli police had gunned down 40 Maoists in two different skirmishes.
While 34 were killed in the Boria-Kasnasur area of Etapalli tehsil, six from the same group were gunned down while they were reportedly on the run in Aheri tehsil.