Maha: Gadchiroli naxal encounter toll rises to 27 as wanted ultra’s body found in forest


PTI, Nov 16, 2021, 8:00 PM IST

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Mumbai: The toll of Naxals killed in the encounter with police in a forest in Maharashtra’s Gadhchiroli district on Saturday rose to 27 on Tuesday with the recovery of the body of an ultra, who was carrying a bounty of Rs 25 lakh on his head, during a search operation, an officer said.

The slain Naxal was identified as Sukhlal Parchaki (33), a resident of Kosami no. 1 of Sawargaon outpost in the Gadchiroli district, located over 900 km from the Maharashtra capital.

Parchaki’s body was found during a search operation in the forest of Mardintola, the site of the Saturday gun battle, this morning, and his identity established, Gadchiroli SP Ankit Goyal said.

Parchaki was a Divisional Committee Member (DVC) of Maoists who was recently promoted to the Dandkaranya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZCM), the SP said, adding that Parchaki was carrying a reward of Rs 25 lakh on his head.

On Saturday, 26 Naxals, including senior cadre Milind Teltumbde, were killed in the fierce encounter with C-60 commandos that lasted for nearly ten hours. Four police personnel were also injured. ”With the recovery of the body of a Naxal, their toll in this encounter has increased to 27,” the SP said.

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