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6 women, Teltumbde among 26 Naxals killed in Gadchiroli encounter: 4 commandos in Nagpur hospital
The shootout, started at 6 am, continued till 4 pm on Saturday. The Naxals were using sophisticated weapons like AK-47. The injured four policemen have been airlifted to a Nagpur hospital. The bodies have not been identified. Maoist leadr Milind Teltumbde, a wanted accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, is said to be among the dead. “Today’s action is historic not only in the history of the State but also of the country. We are proud of our police,” State’s Home Minister Dilip Walse-Patil said.

MUMBAI, Nov 14: Six women were among the 26 Naxals killed in Gadchiroli in Maharashtra in an encounter with the police on Saturday, police said on Sunday. Four policemen were also injured in the operation that took place in the forests near Chhattisgarh border.

“Today’s action is historic not only in the history of the State but also of the country. We are proud of our police,” State’s Home Minister Dilip Walse-Patil said.

On a tip-off that a group of Naxals were moving into Gadchiroli from across the border, a police commando team was deputed for a combing operation in the Mardintola forests and the encounter took place early morning on Saturday, police said. “We have recovered 26 bodies so far from the forest,” they said. The four injured policemen are undergoing treatment in a Nagpur hospital.

The shootout, started at 6 am, continued till 4 pm on Saturday. The Naxals were using sophisticated weapons like AK-47. The injured four policemen were airlifted to the Nagpur hospital.

The bodies are yet to be identified, but Maoist leader Milind Teltumbde, a member of the Maoists’ central committee, is suspected to be among the dead. Teltumbde, carried a reward of Rs 50 lakh on his head. He was a wanted accused in the Bhima Koregaon case.

The Bhima Koregaon violence took place when Dalits in large numbers gathered in the Pune village on January 1, 2018 to mark the 200th anniversary of a battle in which Dalit Mahar soldiers fought for the British and defeated the Brahmin Peshwa rulers of the Maratha empire comprising western, central and southern parts of India.

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