Gadchiroli encounter: 8 Maoists suspected to be from Gattepalli

Thirty-nine Maoists were gunned down during the April 23-24 encounter in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra.

Eight youths from Gattepalli are among the 39 Maoists who were gunned down during the April 23-24 encounter in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra.

A group of villagers on Thursday met Gadchiroli Superintendent of Police (SP) Dr Abhinav Deshmukh.

Sainath alias Dolesh Madi Atram, a divisional committee member (DVC) of the Perimeli Dhalam, was among the dead. He had a reward of Rs 16 lakh on his head and was wanted in 75 cases, including murder, arson and extortion.

A senior officer attached to the Gadchiroli Police and the Anti-Naxalite Operations said that the SP made arrangements to visit the mortuaries in Gadchiroli and Chandrapur.

"The villagers are shell-shocked," said activist Laslu Nagoti, who is the member of the Zilla Parishad at Arewada-Nelgunda.

The eight Maoists include five women and three men. They had accompanied Sainath to the Boria Kasnasur jungles in Tadgaon in Bhamragad tehsil, off the Indravati river that passes through Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border.

So far only 18 bodies have been identified and nine have been claimed by the respective families.

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