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Six Maoists killed in encounter

M'rashtra's Gadchiroli cops killed six Naxals, writes Pradip K Maitra.

india Updated: Jan 02, 2006 01:56 IST

The Gadchiroli police got a major success on the eve of New Year by gunning down at least six naxalites of CPI (Maoist) in an encounter on the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border, near Pendhri, some 300 kms from Nagpur.

The police recovered a brand new 8 mm rifle, two 12 bore rifles, a large quantity of explosives and naxalite literatures from the dead ultra-leftists. Those killed in the encounter include a deputy commander of the area, reports reaching Nagpur on Sunday evening said.

Acting on a tip-off, the police, led by SP Shirish Jain,had deployed an ambush party in the area. The Maoists rebels triggered a landmine blast, targeting the police party. However, not a single police personnel were injured in the blast.

Police recovered three bodies of Maoists while the extremists succeeded in taking away three other bodies from the spot during the exchange of fire. Five to six naxalites are also understood to have sustained serious injuries in the encounter. They also escaped into the jungle after exchange of fire.

Gadchiroli cops had gunned down at least three Maoists at Gyarabatti arealast week. Jain was not available for comments as he is leading the combing cooperation in the area.

First Published: Jan 01, 2006 22:15 IST