Monday, September 18, 2006

Maharashtra Naxal leader, three others gunned down

Maharashtra Naxal leader, three others gunned down


Raipur: Four Naxals, including a senior member of the CPI (Maoist) operating in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli area, have been killed in a shoot-out with the police in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district, state’s Director General of Police Om Prakash Rathor said on Sunday.

“Gadchiroli division leader Vikas and three other Naxals were killed in a gun battle with the police in Kodakhurri jungle under Bhanupratappur police station area, about 225 km from here,” Rathor said.

From the encounter site, the police have recovered a .303 rifle, 16 ammunitions, Naxal literatures and a diary with notes written in Telugu, the DGP said.

“Vikas was the supreme commander of CPI Maoists in Gadchiroli area and was operating in both the Chhattisgarh and neighbouring Maharashtra,” the DGP said.

Vikas was arrested in 1991, but the Maoists kidnapped the MLA from Sironja Assembly constituency and secured Vikas’s release in exchange of the legislator, police said.


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