7 cops die in Naxal attack

Nagpur , In an uncanny coincidence, two days after the Gadchiroli police arrested Delhi University professor G N Saibaba for his alleged Maoist links, Naxalites triggered a powerful landmine blast on Sunday in an unlikely area of the district, killing seven policemen on the spot and leaving two grievously injured.
It is suspected that the killings were a backlash for the arrest.
The incident occurred at 9:40 AM when the policemen were moving in the forest between Pavimuranda and Murmuri villages in Chamorshi taluka of the district for carrying out an operational task.
Officials said the slain security personnel belong to the specialized C-60 anti-Naxal operations force of Maharashtra and the blast took place when their vehicle was moving along the Murmuri-Chamuri axis of the district. “We have lost seven of our men in the attack carried out by Naxalites. The incident occurred in Gadchiroli,” a senior police officer said.
Two of the injured have been airlifted to Nagpur while additional reinforcements of security personnel have been sent. After the landmine blast, there was an exchange of fire between the police and the Maoists. The firing was still on in the forest area when reports last trickled in.
The Gadchiroli district of east Maharashtra is known to be a Naxal hotbed. Only recently, the police released data stating that 417 vehicles, worth over Rs 15 crore, have been burnt down by the anti-establishment group, in the last 25 years.

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