Maharashtra police officials confirmed on November 14 that Milind Baburao Teltumbde, a top fugitive Maoist, was one of 26 members of outlawed Communist Party of India. He was killed during the encounter in State’s Gadchiroli district.
According to the Gadchiroli Police, there may have been at least 100 Maoists present at that spot during the encounter. While some of the neutralized Maoists are from Gadchiroli, others hail from Chhattisgarh. The region is home to a significant number of militants.
Initial reports at Gadchiroli’s district headquarters indicate that the encounter occurred with a Dalam from the banned CPI(Maoist), and commandos from the crack C-60 unit, Anti Naxal Operations.
Six of the outlaws were women. They were killed alongside other senior members from the CPI (Maoist). The gun battle between C-60 commandos teams and outlaws began on Saturday morning in eastern Maharashtra’s Mardintola forest (near the Chhattisgarh border)and lasted for several hours.
According to the charge sheet, Milind Teltumbde was charged with expanding Maoist movements in urban areas “with the assistance of his elder brother Anand Teltumbde at the international level” and had apparently received guidance from him.
A massive combing operation was also conducted to find more bodies of the slain extremists.