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Five naxals, cop injured in Gadchiroli encounters

GADCHIROLI: About five naxalites and a policeman are believed to have been injured in two separate encounters in Gadchiroli district on Tuesday. Police sources said that the naxals belonging to Diwakar and Tippagarh dalams were camping in the jungles of the district.

In the first incident, the naxals opened fire at two police parties of the anti-Naxal operations and one party of the police health centre at about 7 am near village Kamkote (Jufragad hill), Korchi tehsil on the Chhattisgarh border. The police returned the fire and the shootout lasted for about 20 minutes, police sources said.

An 8-mm rifle, detonators, detonator wires, a walkietalkie, battery charger, hand grenades, claymore mines, puttu (a bag containing articles of daily use by naxals) and literature were recovered from the spot. The police claimed to have injured two naxals in the incident.

Superintendent of police Shirish Jain and SDPO Ravindra Pardeshi visited the spot and the police have launched a massive combing operation.

In the other incident reported from Murumgaon area of Dhanora tehsil in Gadchroli district, the naxalites opened fire opened fire at 2.30 pm at two police parties of anti-naxal operations between Ravitola and Katematka villages.

The police exchanged fire for 20 minutes and policeman Prabudas Madavi received bullet injuries in the neck and hand.

He was rushed to the Gadchiroli civil hospital, where he is reported to be out of danger. The naxals, however, escaped into the jungle.

The police recovered Bharmar guns, 3 kg gelatin, 2 kg gunpowder, 20 live bullets, puttu and naxal literature. Given the blood stains at the spot, the police feel that at least three naxalites might have been injured in the exchange of fire.

The Times of India

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posted by Resistance 4/25/2007 09:30:00 PM,

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