A DAY after 16 Maoists were killed in an operation near Kasnasur village in Bhamragad tehsil of Maharashtra, the Gadchiroli Police Monday said six more rebels were killed near Rajaram Khanla village in Aheri tehsil. The encounter took place between 7 pm and 8 pm, sources said, in which Nandu, said to be a Dalam commander, was also killed.
Additional Superintendent of Police Maheshwar Reddy said: “Six Naxals have been killed in the encounter that took place between Damrancha and Rajaram Khanla.” The encounter on Monday comes a day after what Maharashtra Police said was the biggest-ever success in its anti-Maoist operations. Earlier on Monday, Director General of Maharashtra Police, Satish Mathur appealed to the Maoists to surrender.
According to Mathur, police had “pinpointed information” which they used to ambush the Maoists in the operation on Sunday. “There was pinpointed information pertaining to the meeting organised by the members on Sunday near the Kasnasur village in Tadgaon area. Two companies of C-60 men were deployed and our men managed to bag success,” he said.
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