Gadchiroli, May 1: A police vehicle was attacked by the Naxals in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli, killing 16 security personnel on Wednesday.
The Maoists triggered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on a team of C60 Commandos.
“Anguished to know that our 16 police personnel from Gadchiroli C-60 force got martyred in a cowardly attack by naxals today. My thoughts and prayers are with the martyrs’ families. I’m in touch with DGP and Gadchiroli SP”, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra modi also condemn the despicable attack and said “Salute all brave personnel. Their sacrifices will never be forgotten. My thoughts & solidarity are with bereaved families. Perpetrators of such violence will not be spared”.
Earlier in the day, the naxals torched three dozen vehicles at a road construction site in Kurkheda.
The incident took place when the state was getting ready to celebrate its foundation day, Maharashtra Divas, while the Maoists were in the final stages of observing a week-long protest to mark the first anniversary of 40 of their comrades who were killed by security forces on April 22 last year.