In a daring attack Naxals targeted an anti-Naxal operations team in an IED blast, killing at least 15 Jawans and a driver in the devastating and dastardly attack. A powerful IED blast blew up the vehicle off the road.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemned the attack in a tweet
Strongly condemn the despicable attack on our security personnel in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra. I salute all the brave personnel. Their sacrifices will never be forgotten. My thoughts & solidarity are with the bereaved families. The perpetrators of such violence will not be spared.
— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 1, 2019
Home Minister Rajnath Singh too condemned the attack
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. 2/2
— Chowkidar Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) May 1, 2019
Ealier, Naxals torched around 25 vehicles of a road construction company in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra early on Wednesday, police said.
The incident took place at Dadapur in Kurkheda tehsil, said Shailesh Balkawade, Superintendent of Police, Gadchiroli.
“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,” he said.
They torched the vehicles, which were parked along the road, using kerosene and diesel, the officer added.
“After setting the vehicles on fire, the Naxals escaped into the forest. A search operation has been launched,” he said.
Subodh Jaiswal, DGP Maharashtra after the attack said ” We are prepared to give a befitting reply to this attack (Gadchiroli Naxal attack); Operations are going on in the area to ensure that no further casualties take place”.