A senior Naxal cadre was killed in an encounter with Gadchiroli Police near Jaravandi village on Saturday evening.
“We had information that a group of 20 Naxals from Kasansur dalam was camping near Jaravandi, so we launched an operation. The encounter happened around 4 pm and we recovered the body of 48-year old Surjanakka, who was a member of the Gadchiroli divisional committee of CPI (Maoist),” Superintendent of Police Shailesh Balkawde told The Indian Express.
“Surjanakka had joined the Naxal movement in 1988 and was the wife of CPI(Maoist) Central Committee member Devji. She was involved in 144 crimes, including ambushes on police and civilian murders ,” added Balkawde.
Police have recovered an AK-47 and a lot of explosives from the spot.
Surjanakka is the second Naxal leader to have been killed in encounters this year. The Naxal movement has received a major jolt with her death as she is the third DVC (divisional committee) rank cadre lost by the movement this year. Earlier, DVC member Vilas Kolha had surrendered while another DVC member, Dinkar Gota, was arrested by the police.