On Friday, Special Public Prosecutor Geeta Godambe submitted before the special court that the custody of the eight accused is required as the NIA has, so far, not got an opportunity to examine the accused.
The blast had taken place near Jambhulkheda village in Kurkheda tahsil when a civilian vehicle carrying 15 commandos of Gadchiroli police were headed for the Purada police station after being called there by then Sub-Divisional Police Officer Shailesh Kale following an incident of arson by Naxals a few kilometres from Purada a few hours bef
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.