Body blow to Maoists in Gadchiroli

Gunning down of 33 Maoists in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra has dealt a body blow to Left-wing extremism. PTI File Photo
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The predominantly tribal and backward district of Gadchiroli has become the oscillating point for Maoists between Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Bastar in Chhattisgarh

The gunning down of 33 Maoists in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra has dealt a body blow to Left-wing extremism.

For the last two decades, there have been several encounters between security forces and Maoists in which many policemen have lost their lives.

For the C-60 special force of the Anti-Naxalite Operations (ANO) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), tackling the armed Maoists is a major challenge.

“This is a highly successful operation given the fact that there was no casualty on security forces' side. The intelligence gathering was spectacular and the Maoists were caught unawares,” a senior State Intelligence Department (SID) official said.

The predominantly tribal and backward district of Gadchiroli where most of the land is covered with forest and hills has become the oscillating point for Maoists between Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Bastar in Chhattisgarh.

“Gadchiroli is an oscillating point because of geographical reasons and Maoists come from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, get the local support of 'Dalhams' during transit, go to Bastar, strike and return to home base,” the official said.

“This is a severe blow to them. They may re-group and plan a big strike to take revenge,” the official said, adding that in this operation, two top commanders and several middle-level cadres were killed.

“It would take some time for them to re-group. But intelligence gathering must continue,” the official added.

A few years ago, there were 16 indigenous 'Dalhams' in Gadchiroli district. “Four to five of them are patrol Dalhams, two to three of them are flying squads....doing hit and run jobs, and rest are local armed guerrilla liberation groups,” the official said.

'The strength of each Dalham varies from 10 to 25 men or a combination of men and women, depending on the role their role.

What is surprising is that while the Dalham members are tribals from Maharashtra, the commanders are Telugu speaking men or women from neighbouring Telangana.

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