Security forces on Tuesday said that they have recovered 15 more bodies of Naxals, who were killed in an encounter with police on Sunday at Kasnasur near Bhamragarh in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra, taking the total number of casualty among ultras to 37. Fifteen decomposed and bloated bodies of slain Naxals were recovered from Indravati river, sources said.
“In an operation by C-60 commandos in Kasanasur jungle area, 16 dead bodies (9 of males, 7 females) were recovered on April 22. Out of 16, 12 bodies were identified including that of senior naxal commanders, Sinu and Sainath. Two AK-47 rifles, two SLRs, one .303, five 8 mm, six 12 bore firearms were recovered from the spot,” a top police official said.
“On Monday, the operation was again launched to search for more bodies in Indravati river. Up until now, 15 bodies (7 males, 8 females) have been recovered from the water. One Insas, one .303 weapon with ‘pittus’ and detonators were also found in the river.While search for more bodies and material is going on,” said the official.
On receiving a specific information through local intelligence that Naxals have camped in Tadgaon forest near Bhamragad tehsil, two specialised troops of anti-Naxal squad C-60 swooped down in the area and engaged Naxals in a gun battle on Sunday morning.
The encounter took place at Kasansur forest in Bhamragad between the ultras and a joint team of security forces comprising C-60 commandos, a specialised combat unit of the Gadchiroli police, and personnel of the 9th Battalion of the CRPF, around 1000 hours on Sunday.
It lasted for 90 minutes, sources said.
Police in a press release mentioned the names of some slain Naxals, including Shrinu alias Shrikanth (51), a native of Challgari in Telangana, who was deputy commander.
Another deceased ultra was identified as Deepa alias Aamsubai, a native of Adilabad, who was involved in 82 cases of serious nature.
Sainath alias Dolesh Madhi Atram, a resident of Gattepalli in Gadchiroli, who was a division committee member and Permili village in-charge, was also among those killed, the release said.
On Monday, in another intelligence-based operation in Kapewancha area of Rajaram Khandla post, exchange of fire resulted in death of six naxals (2 men, 4 females), including divisional commander Nandu.
One Insas, one SLR, one .303, two 12 bores, one musket with other material was recovered, the release added.