Fifteen security personnel were killed in Maharashtra’s Gadchirol after maoist attacked their vehicles today around 12:30 pm.
A powerful explosion, set off by Maoists, blew up police vehicles. It’s suspected that improvised explosive device (IED) was triggered on a private vehicle when a team of the Quick Response Team of the police was on way to inspect a fleet of vehicles torched by Maoists earlier in the day.
The blast took place near Gadchirol’s Jambhumpada village, hours after Maoists torched 25 vehicles at a road construction site in Kurkheda of Gadchiroli at around 3:30 am.
The Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted — “Spoke to Maharashtra CM Shri @Dev_Fadnavis regarding the tragic incident in Gadchiroli and expressed my grief at the loss of brave Police personnel. We are providing all assistance needed by the state government. MHA is in constant touch with the state administration.”
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed the attack “despicable” and said that the “perpetrators of such violence will not be spared”. This is the fourth Maoist attack in Gadchiroli, which borders Chattisgarh, since the general elections began on the 11th of April.
The Maoist attack today comes on a day when Maharashtra is celebrating its foundation day.
In April last year, security forces carried out one of the biggest anti-Maoist operations in Maharashtra in which 40 Maoists were killed. The Maoists were observing a week-long protest to mark their killings.
There are questions being raised on intelligence failure, use of private non bomb proof vehicles for the travel of security forces even though the maoist openly threatened revenge.
Source : Various