October 17, 2019 | 4:24 PM IST
maharashtra blast

Maoists blow up 15 security personnel on Maha Day in Gadchiroli

Fifteen security officers of C-60 anti-Maoist squad -Gadchiroli police and a driver were killed in a blast triggered by Maoists in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra on Wednesday afternoon. The Maoists used improvised explosive device (IED) when the entire state was celebrating its foundation day, Maharashtra Diwas. The incident occurred when they were passing through the Dadapur Road towards Korchi (some 250 kms away from Nagpur). Officers of C-60 wing are trained in various types of guerrilla warfare for reputed training institute in the country.
Also, the Maoists were in the last leg of weeklong protest marking the first death anniversary of 40 maoists who were gunned down by security forces on April 22 last year in one of the biggest anti-Maoist operations near Bhamragarh in the district.

This was the second attack by naxals in Gadchiroli in the last 24 hours. Earlier in the wee hours of Wednesday, they torched 25 vehicles, parked along the road, at Kurkheda in Gadchiroli district at around 3.30 am. They used kerosene and diesel to douse the vehicles and had even put banners and posters condemning the killings of their comrades.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemning the attack tweeted, “Strongly condemn the despicable attack on our security personnel in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra. I salute all the brave personnel. Their sacrifices will never be forgotten. My thoughts and solidarity are with the bereaced families. The perpetrators of such violence will not be spare.”

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