The Indian security forces is in a destroyer mode against both the terrorists and even the naxals. In what is called as a big success, the Indian security forces have neutralized 16 Naxals in Etapalli’s Boriya forest area in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra.
Several materials were recovered from the naxals which included even the arms and Naxal literature. This was said by the DIG (Gadchiroli) Ankush Shinde. He added “The ultras hiding in the forest started firing at the security personnel. The exchange of fire continued for about one-and-half hours. As per preliminary information, bodies of 16 Naxals were recovered from the forest”.
WATCH!!! Now, a video has emerged where the C60 commandos are seen celebrating after killing 16 naxals. Reports have said that the number may reach 25.
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Who are the C-60 commandos?
To contain the naxal activities, initially the C-60 force comprising 60 police personnel was constituted in the year 1992 – a innovative concept introduced by Shri K.P. Raghuvanshi, the then S.P. Gadchiroli. The men of this wing were imparted training in various types of guerrilla warfare from reputed training institutes in the country e.g. Greyhound in Hyderabad, Hazaribag in Bihar, UOTC & AUOTC from Nagpur, etc.
How the operation took place?
The reports have said that many Naxals cadres enter Gadchiroli district to extort money from Tendu leaves contractors. This is a season of Tendu leaves and it must be noted that the tendu tree (Diospyros melanoxylon) is found widely across central India. Leaves plucked from its shrubs are used to wrap bidi, the poor man’s cigarette.
Tendu leaves are the main source of income for Naxals and helps them to run their operations. The defence personnel had clear intelligence inputs that the naxals are in Tadagav area. So, the anti-Naxal forces of Maharashtra police were conducting search in the Tadagav area when they were targeted with heavy firing.
The encounter has happened around 150 kilometers from police headquarters in Bhamragad tehsil of Gadchiroli district. The encounter started after the latenight search operation by C 60 Commandoes of Gadchiroli police.
After this massive success, Inspector General of Police, Anti-Naxal Operation, Sharad Shelar said in a press conference that the police fired in retaliation. A total of 16 bodies were recovered. There is a possibility of three to four women ultras among the deceased. However, it will be ascertained once the bodies arrive at Gadchiroli.
Sources also said that the operation is likely to continue and death toll of Naxals might reach 25. Maharashtra Director General of Police Satish Mathur congratulated the C-60 team which was involved in the encounter and said that “This is the biggest success ever in the Dandakaranya area by any anti-Naxal force. There are no major injuries on our side”.
The Indian government has been aggressive against the naxals in the past few years. Reports say that the number of Naxal cadres killed in 2016 had been the highest ever in six years. Home Ministry said since the NDA government came to power in May 2014, there had been a 45 per cent increase in the efficiency of Central forces in operations against the Maoists.
Its time for naxal free India.