Five state Reserve Police Force (SRPF) personnel from Mumbai are feared drowned after their van was swept away in an overflowing river at Gadchiroli on Wednesday morning.
They were part of a 12-member team from SRPF Group-8 of Mumbai deployed to the tribal district to tackle the Naxalite menace.
The 12 paramilitary personnel were returning to the Medpalli SRPF camp after a combing operation in Lahori area, bordering Chhattisgarh.
While their van was crossing the bridge over the Pamalgautam river, between Lahori and Bhamragarh, the vehicle got swept away.
Locals rescued seven policemen, including the in-charge of Dodraj police station.
Those missing include Sub-Inspector A.S. Bhede and head constables Ganesh Chavan, B.H. Harishchandra and S S Patil. The name of the fifth personnel is yet to be verified.
“A rescue team, including local fishermen, is looking for the bodies. The rescue operation was halted for some time because of incessant rains,” said Additional Superintendent of Police, Gadchiroli, Manoj Sharma.
In another incident, two collegians were washed way in an overflowing nullah near Besa in Nagpur district.