Police kill six suspected Maoists in Maharashtra

 Six suspected Maoists, including a woman, were gunned down in an encounter by Gadchiroli police in the forests of Jumalgatta near Maharashtra-Andhra border.

Gadchiroli police control room said that the security forces on a tip-off tracked down six suspected Maoists near Govindgaon hamlet deep inside the forests in Aheri taluka of eastern Maharashtra.

According to the police, six of them died while the security forces came out unscathed. The names of the deceased have been given as Geeta, Shankar, Zuru, Mohan, Vinod and one other whose identity is yet to be established.

While there were no casualties on their side, the police in their official statement had claimed that the suspected Maoists were believed to be planning a major strike on the security forces in the region.

This is for the first time that so many Maoists have been killed in the tribal belt Gadchiroli where left extremists have considerable sway and influence amongst the tribals agitating against poverty and oppression.

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