Two policemen succumbed to the bullet injuries while three others injured in the encounter are recuperating at the district hospital in Gadchiroli.
Police officials suspect that more than four to five Maoist cadres died in the encounter. (File picture for representation: PTI)
Two policemen died while three others suffered grievous injuries on Sunday after an encounter with Maoists in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra.
The encounter broke out in the jungles of Poyarkoti Koparshi at the Bhamragad sub division of Gadchiroli district when an anti-Naxal operation was being carried out by QRT (Quick Response Team) and Special Operation Commandos jointly.
Around 6 am on Sunday, the Gadchiroli police team came under attack by Maoists. Police commandoes retaliated and the encounter went on for over two to three hours. Maoists initially carried out a landmine blast and lobbed grenades and fired at the police team.
Police Sub Inspector Dhanaji Honmane and Constable Kishor Atram along with three other jawans identified as Gonglu Oksa Raju Pusli, and Dasru Kurchami suffered grievous bullet injuries in the attack. A chopper was flown from the district headquarters for evacuation of the injured from the spot to Gadchiroli. Honmane and Atram succumbed to the bullet injuries while three others injured in the encounter are recuperating at the district hospital in Gadchiroli. Dasru Kurchami’s condition is said to be critical.
Honmane had last month received the Maharashtra DGP commendation medal and Certificate for outstanding work while carrying out Anti Naxal operations in the Gadchiroli district. He was from the Puluj village Pandharpur district of Maharashtra. Honmane was attached with the Bhamragad QRT since past three years. Atram was from Orwada village in the Bhamragad taluka of Gadchiroli.
Police officials suspected that more than four to five Maoist cadres died in the encounter.
On May 2, a top Maoist Commander Sujanakka was killed in an encounter with security forces in the jungles of Sinbhatti in Etapally taluka. Last week, Maoists announced a district bandh in protest of Sujanakka’s killing by security forces on May 20. The posters put up by Maoists for bandh also said that death of Sujanakka will not go to waste.
Following the encounter, Anti naxal operations across the district have been expedited.