The Gadchiroli SP said when C-60 commandos came under fire on Saturday morning, they appealed to the Naxals to stop gunfire and surrender.
Mumbai/Nagpur: As many as 100 Naxals fired indiscriminately at C-60 commandos and jawans of the Special Action Team (SAT) from their sophisticated weapons in the Mardintola forest in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra disregarding the appeal to surrender on Saturday morning.
According to police, the fierce encounter ended around 3:30 PM on Saturday after almost 10 hours, resulting in the killing of the most wanted Naxalite, Milind Teltumbade and 25 other rebels. Police said the ultras had gathered in large numbers in the forest to plan “subversive” activities against security personnel ahead of the Naxal week.
According to the police, the killing of Milind Teltumbde, carrying a bounty of Rs 50 lakh, has delivered a huge blow to the banned movement in the Maharashtra-Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh (MMC) zone, DIG, Gadchiroli Range, Sandip Patil said.
Milind Teltumbde was one of the wanted accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case. He was the brother of activist and scholar Anand Teltumbde arrested earlier in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case and is currently lodged at the Taloja prison in neighbouring Navi Mumbai.
Milind Teltumbde was the key person who in the last 20 years gave momentum to the Naxal movement and built it in Maharashtra, the DIG said. “He was the only future of that movement and there was no other leader in Maharashtra,” the officer added. “Considering his contribution to the Naxal movement and his influence among some parts of the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra and urban areas, he was a very important and key cadre and we were searching for him for a very long time,” he said.
According to the senior police official of the Gadchiroli range, the MMC was a very important zone and project of Maoists.