Two police commandos were killed while another was injured in a gunbattle with Maoists in the forests of Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra on Sunday.
The incident occurred near Gatta-Jarabandi forest area, bordering Chhattisgarh, when jawans of C-60, an elite anti-Maoist squad were returning after a joint combat operation, along with Chhattisgarh police.
The dead jawans were identified as Swarup Kumar Amrutkar (25) and Doga Atram (28). Dinesh Hitchami (22), was rushed to the local Aheri civil hospital where he is reported to be in a critical condition.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Ravindra Kadam, the inspector general of police, Nagpur range, informed that Hitchami could not be airlifted to Nagpur due to landing problem of the helicopter in remote area. He (Hitchami) will be airlifted to Nagpur on Monday.
A massive search operation has been launched in the area after the incident, Kadam further informed.