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Gadchiroli Naxal attack today updates: 15 security personnel, driver killed; Sharad Pawar demands CM's resignation

Fifteen C60 commandos and a driver were killed after the vehicle in which they were travelling was blown up by Naxals in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra on Wednesday, according to several media reports.

FP Staff May 01, 2019 16:39:40 IST
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Gadchiroli Naxal attack today updates: 15 security personnel, driver killed; Sharad Pawar demands CM's resignation
  • Multiple reports have stated that the Maoists triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) to target the police vehicle

  • The attack was perpetrated soon after 27 machines and vehicles were set ablaze by the naxals at a road construction site in Gadchiroli

  • The incident came weeks after an IED blast near a polling booth in Gadchiroli on 11 April.

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May 01, 2019 - 17:05 (IST)

Amit Shah condemns Gadchiroli Naxal attack

BJP president Amit Shah condemned the Naxal attack on police personnel in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli and described it as an act of cowardice and desperation.

"Naxalites attacked Maharashtra Police personnel in Gadchiroli. I have come to know that 16 people, including 15 security personnel, were killed in an IED blast triggered by Naxals. This is an act of cowardice and desperation."

"I pay my respect to those killed in the attack and wish quick recovery of the injured people. Our government will extend all help," Shah said while addressing election rallies at Panchla and Arambagh. — PTI

May 01, 2019 - 16:48 (IST)

Rahul Gandhi expresses grief over Gadchiroli Naxal attack

May 01, 2019 - 16:39 (IST)

Sharad Pawar demands Devendra Fadnavis' resignation

Tweeting in Marathi, the NCP chief said that the Maharashtra chief minister has no shame and should resign over the Gadchiroli Naxal attack.

May 01, 2019 - 15:50 (IST)

Maharashtra CMO confirms governor cancelled Maharashtra Day reception

May 01, 2019 - 15:38 (IST)

Maharashtra governor cancels Maharashtra Day reception

The governor had organised a reception and series of cultural events on the occassion of Maharashtra Day, reported CNN-News18. That reception has now been cancelled in light of the Gadchiroli blasts killing 16 people.

May 01, 2019 - 15:35 (IST)

Operations are on to ensure no further casualties take place: Maharashtra DGP

May 01, 2019 - 15:26 (IST)

We will give appropriate response: Maharashtra DGP

"A Quick Reaction Team of the Gadchiroli Police came under attack by Naxals at around 12.30 pm today," Subodh Jaswal, Maharashtra DGP, said in a press conference.

"15 of our colleagues have made the supreme sacrifice and one private individual also lost his life in the sad incident. It was a dastardly act committed by the Naxalites," he added.

"In the times to come, we will conduct and give an appropriate response to this attack," he said.

May 01, 2019 - 15:14 (IST)

Central, state govts will end Naxalism: Sanjay Raut

"Our jawans are martyred in Pulwama, Gadchiroli. There are some forces who are trying to destroy India from within. But it is my belief that the combined efforts of the central and state government will end Naxalism," Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut told ANI.

May 01, 2019 - 15:12 (IST)

Sudhir Mungantiwar says police needs to give more information

"Our jawans were martyred. It is only when police gives us more information that we will be able to comment on the security measures," Maharashtra finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar told CNN-News18.

May 01, 2019 - 15:06 (IST)

MHA in constant touch with state administration: Rajnath Singh

Naxal attack in Gadchiroli latest update: NCP chief Sharad Pawar demanded the resignation of Devendra Fadnavis and alleged that the chief minister 'has no shame'.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis have condemned the Naxal attack.

Fifteen C-60 commandos and a driver were killed after the vehicle in which they were travelling was blown up by Naxals in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra on Wednesday, according to several media reports.

The incident occurred on the Kurkheda-Korchi road.

An exchange of fire is currently underway between police and Naxals at the site of the blast.

The attack came soon after 27 machines and vehicles were set ablaze by Naxals at a road construction site in Gadchiroli district. Reports said  road construction and repair work was taking place for which JCB machine and cement laden trucks were parked on the roadside. The Naxals targetted the vehicles and construction machines, torching them besides also attacking a coal tar plant in the Dadapur area. The authorities are said to have incurred losses amounting to about Rs 1 crore.

"A group of Maoists gathered around 3.30 am at Dadapur where the construction of a national highway has been going on since the last few months," Shailesh Balkawade, Superintendent of Police, Gadchiroli said.

The incident came weeks after an IED blast near a polling booth in Gadchiroli on 11 April, during the first phase of the national election. No one was injured in the incident. On 11 April, an encounter broke out between CRPF personnel and Naxals in Gadchiroli. In January 2019, Naxals set ablaze vehicles in the villages of Kurkheda, Korchi and Potegaon in Maharashtra. Further details are awaited.

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