At least 15 commandos of the Maharashtra Police were killed on Wednesday when Naxals triggered an IED blast and blew up a police vehicle in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district. Pictures available with Times Now showed the police vehicle was completely blown up in the improvised explosive device attack.
The vehicle, which was targetted by the Naxals, was carrying 16 security personnel from the Kurkheda Quick Response Team of Gadchiroli police.
This comes around three weeks after an IED blast was reported near a polling booth in Gadchiroli on April 11 during the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections. However, no one was injured in the incident.
On the poll eve too, a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel was injured in an IED blast in Gadchiroli.
Earlier on Wednesday, Naxals allegedly set ablaze 27 machines and vehicles at a road construction site in Kurkheda of Gadchiroli district.
The incident took place when the state was getting ready to celebrate its foundation day, Maharashtra Divas; while the Maoists were in the final stages of observing a week-long protest to mark the first anniversary of 40 of their comrades who were gunned down by security forces on April 22 last year.
Sharad Shelar, IG, Anti-Naxal Operations, said the vehicle which was blown up was carrying QRT (Quick Response Team) Commandoes of the Maharashtra Police. Reinforcements have been sent to the spot and air support will follow shortly, the official added.