Gadchiroli: A search operation has been launched to look for Maoist guerrillas in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra, who was behind Wednesday’s massacre of 15 police officials and their driver. Continuous raids are being carried out to capture the Maoists in the Kurkheda forest area.
Officials are on the way to Gadchiroli to investigate the attack. The DGP, IG, SP and collector of Gadchiroli have reached the spot of the mine blast and examined the area. Meanwhile, Union MoS Home Hansraj Ahir visited the place of Maoists in Gadchiroli today.
Anti-Naxal operations officers have reached Gadchiroli too, where on Wednesday the Maoists carried out the IED attack. In the attack by Maoists, 15 jawans, and a police driver, were killed.
Those killed in action were part of the State’s C-60 police force established to tackle insurgency. The other States infested with Maoists have similar police forces dedicated to weeding out Naxals. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have Greyhounds.
Maharashtra’s DGP Subodh Jaiswal said, “We are ready to give a befitting answer to the attack.” He said the forces are now making sure such an incident like Wednesday’s does not recur. He further said that the attack could not be called a failure of the intelligence agencies. “This is a cowardly attack by the Maoists. We will do our best to prevent further incidents. Our people are present on the spot and more information will be available by this evening,” he said.
The Gadchiroli district is considered the gravest insurgency-prone area along the border of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. Naxalites continuously attack the security forces in the area while trying to run a parallel government. About 150 Maoists together had executed the Wednesday attack, say intelligence sources. Many jawans have been injured in the incident other than 16 who have been killed. The injured are admitted to a local hospital and are undergoing treatment.
The Maoists in the major attack in Gadchiroli on Wednesday morning had also set on fire 27 machines used for road construction in Kurkheda.