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15 jawans killed as Maoists trigger IED in Gadchiroli (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Internal Security)

In one of the worst retaliatory attacks on the anti-naxal security forces, Maoist insurgents blew up an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) killing 15 jawans and a civilian in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district.

When the blast was triggered?
A unit of the Quick Response Team (QRT) of the Gadchiroli police was on its way to provide reinforcements to the police station in Kurkheda taluka, nearly 60 km north of Gadchiroli, when the blast was triggered near Lendali Nullah, in Jamburkheda village, six kilometres from the police station.

Possible reason for retaliation
The latest ambush on police seems to be in retaliation for the killing of two senior women cadre of the rebels, Manku Norate and Manu Dasru, by the anti-naxal forces during an encounter in the forests of Etapalli taluka, South Gadchiroli, on April 27.

The North/South Gadchiroli Division Committee CPI (Maoist) had put up posters condemning the killing, while observing the week as the first anniversary of the killing of nearly 40 ‘comrades’ in an encounter by security forces last year.

The insurgents have been targeting the ongoing Lok Sabha elections and had triggered as many as four IED blasts leading up to the polls on April 11, injuring six commandos of the Gadchiroli police.

(Adapted From The Hindu)



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