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Updated on: Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 06:09 PM IST

Gadchiroli encounter: Body of Naxal commander Sukhlal Parchaki found at encounter site, carried Rs 25 lakh bounty

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Two days after a major encounter in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district, a body of Naxal commander has been recovered at the encounter site. According to news agency ANI, the dead naxalite has been identified as Sukhlal Parchaki, 33, who was carrying a bounty of Rs 25 lakhs.

With this recovery, the number of Naxals killed in the encounter has now reached to 27.

At least 26 naxals were killed on Saturday in an encounter with police in eastern Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district, over 900 km from Mumbai. The gunbattle took place in the morning at Korchi in Mardintola forest area when a C-60 police commando team was conducting a search operation led by additional SP Soumya Munde, an official said.

Top CPI-Maoist Central Committee Member Milind Teltumbde -- who carried a booty of Rs 50 lakh -- was among the 26 Maoists, including 6 women

Days after the encounter, Maharshtra home minister Dilip Walse Patil visited Gadchiroli and felicitated police and C60 force jawans.

Milind Teltumbde, 57, is the brother of human rights activist and scholar Anand Teltumbde. Anand is among the group of "Urban Maoists' who were raided in early and mid-2018 in connection with the Koregaon Bhima-Elgar Parishad cases, and is currently lodged in the Taloja Jail, Raigad.

Among those eliminated in Sunday's gunfight include 6 women Maoists, 3 Commanders of various Dalams and 13 carrying huge collective cash rewards of Rs 1.38 crore on their scalps -- making it one of the most successful security operations in recent years, Superintendent of Police Ankit Goyal and other senior officers told media persons in Gadchiroli this evening.

The security forces seized a large cache of arms and ammunition comprising 5 AK-47 rifles, an AKM-UBGL, 9 SLRs, one three mm pistol, one INSAS rifle, nine 2.2 single bore-guns, 12-bore gun, and three .303 rifles, besides explosives in huge quantities.

The high fatalities notwithstanding, some 70-plus extremists reportedly managed to sneak into the forests as many of their associates fell to the bullets of the security forces.

Minister Walse-Patil and top leaders of Maha Vikas Aghadi government lauded the police efforts in the mega-operation guided by IGP, Gadchiroli Range, Sandip Patil, SP, Gadchiroli, Goyal, Additional SPs Sameer Shaikh, Somay Munde, Anuj Tare, and Vaibhav Rankhamb of C-60.

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Published on: Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 06:09 PM IST
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