A pamphlet, issued by western sub-zonal bureau of CPI (Maoist) recently, claimed that the blast was carried out to avenge the “police atrocities” in last year’s Kasnasur ambush —40 Naxal cadres were killed in the incident.
Ramko Narote, member of Gadchiroli divisional committee of CPI (Maoist) and her accomplice Shilpa Durva were killed in what police claimed to be a regular encounter near Gundurwahi village in Bhamragad tehsil.
With the death of 15 Quick Response Team (QRT) police personnel in Kurkheda on Wednesday in an IED blast carried out by Maoists, the tally of Maharashtra Police personnel killed in the insurgency now stands at 166.
The highway being built along Dadapur — Purada-Godalwahi — is one of three state highways that the state government hopes to complete on a priority basis. It will provide a vital source of connectivity to local residents and also aid police movement, said officials.