September 19, 2020 | 3:54 AM IST
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Naxals torch heavy vehicles in Gadchiroli to avenge fellow woman activist’s death

Naxals set ablaze four trucks on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district, Dhanora taluka ahead of a bandh called by them to protest the killing of a fellow woman activist.

The activists have been identified to be from the Communist Party of India – Marxists (CPI-M).

The killed woman activist, identified as Srujjanakka (48), was a member of the Gadchiroli Divisional Committee (DVC) CPI-M and the wife of CPI-M Central Committee member Devji and had a stronghold in the area.

She was involved in several criminal activities and had over 155 serious offences – including murders of 34 tribals - registered against her.

Srujjanakka was killed, earlier this month, following an ambush with the security forces in Jaravandi area where she was camping with 20 other Naxals. After the encounter, the police recovered an AK-47, a huge consignment of heavy artillery and explosives from the spot.

The police revealed that Srujjanakka’s death was a huge victory for the police and a major blow to the Naxals as she was the third DVC rank cadre that they lost since the beginning of this year.

Vikas Kolha, who surrendered before the police, and Dinkar Gota, who was arrested, were the other two DVC-rankers that the Naxals lost. 

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