The Gadchiroli police have caught 13 Maoists who were involved in the attack that killed 15 policemen on February 1. Rajesh Pradhan, Superintendent of Police, Gadchiroli district, told HT on Saturday that, “They were nabbed during the combing operation launched last Sunday afternoon immediately after the attack.”
According to Pradhan, the Maoists were arrested from three villages in the area, including Markegaon, where the incident occurred.
Sources said around 200 villagers from Markegaon have gone missing since the attack and the subsequent police action.
Three dalams (squads) of Maoists, comprising over 150 people, armed with AK-47 rifles and other sophisticated weapons, had attacked the police squad last Sunday and killed them after a two-hour encounter.