16 Maoists killed in India’s Maharashtra

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Maharashtra

MNA International Desk: In the biggest crackdown on Maoists in four decades in Maharashtra, security forces on Sunday gunned down at least 16 Maoists, including some women, in the state’s Gadchiroli district, an official said.

Among those killed were at least a couple of high-ranking unit commanders, identified as Vijender N. Rauthu, 51, and Dolesh Madi Atram, 36.

Both carried big cash rewards on their heads and were wanted for many serious crime, ranging from murders, arson, attacks on security forces and kidnappings.

Around 7:00am, a C-60 squad of police commandos had launched a combing operation when they were attacked by Maoists hiding in a thick forested area in Boria jungles on the border of Bhamragad-Etapalli taluka, the official said.

In retaliatory police firing and a bloody gunbattle that continued till 11:00am, the rebels suffered huge reverses, he added.