15 police personnel and 1 citizen killed in naxal attack in Gadchiroli in Maharashtra

RSTV Bureau
Naxal atack in Gadhchiroli, Maharashtra (Twitter Photo)

Naxal attack in Gadhchiroli, Maharashtra (Twitter Photo)

At least 15 security personnel were martyred in an IED blast triggered by Naxals in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district on Wednesday, police said.

The incident took place when a Quick Response Team (QRT) of Gadchiroli police was on patrolling duty in a vehicle, an official said.

The blast took place as the vehicle reached Lendhari nallah in Kurkheda area, the official said.

Police teams are reaching the spot for evacuation operation, he said.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the attack on the security personnel.

Vice President Naidu condemned the attack and conveyed his condolences to the members of the bereaved families.

PM Narendra Modi strongly condemned the Naxal attack on security personnel in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli, saying perpetrators of such violence will not be spared. 

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis expressed his anguish on the Naxal attack

Home Minister Rajnath Singh also took to Twitter to condemn the cowardly attack, saying their supreme sacrifice while serving the nation will not go in vain. He also assured all help to the Maharashtra government in the wake of a Naxal attack in which 15 security personnel and a civilian were killed. 

Those killed were members of the Quick Response Team (QRT) of Gadchiroli police, which was on way to inspect a fleet of torched vehicles belonging to a road construction contractor, police said.

The blast followed Naxals torching 25 vehicles belonging to a road construction contractor earlier in the day, police said.

(With inputs from agency)