The Gadchiroli police on Monday killed two women Naxals. However,they lost one of their men in an ambush on their way back in the afternoon.
The first incident occurred at around 10.30 am when a C-60 commando party was on an operation in the Gatta Jambiya area of Etapalli tehsil after gram panchayat election duty, said Ravindra Kadam,DIG of Gadchiroli range.
Our party was in Hidurs vicinity,close to the border of Abujmaad area,when it was fired at. Our men retaliated,in which two women were killed. We recovered their bodies,a 303 rifle,25 shoulder bags and other material. The other Naxals fled, Kadam added.
We lost one of our men when the party returning with the recovered material and bodies was fired at from a hill around 3.30 pm, he said.
The area is known for the presence of Central Committee member Bhupati and his wife Tarakka and is frequented by Naxals . Our men dont frequent this place as it is remote with a dense forest cover, Kadam said. It is suspected that the Naxal group present could be Gatta local organisational squad, or North Indravati Border company.
With Mondays incident he total number of women Naxals killed in five encounters this year has gone up to 14.