16 C-60 commandos Martyred in IED Blast at Gadchiroli on Maharashtra Day (May 1)

An IED(Improvised explosive device) blast was triggered by Naxals in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra on Wednesday May 1. The high-intensity land-mine blast was executed by Naxals on a police vehicle, which was carrying 16 crack C-60 commandos. All  16 security personnel were killed in an IED blast carried out by Naxals.

According to reports, the attack happened a day after Naxals torched as many as 36 police vehicles on Tuesday night of April 30. The blast took place around 11.50 am of May 1 on the Kurkheda-Korchi road in Gadchiroli when a team of the C-60 commandos, an anti-Naxal unit, was patrolling the area. The blast was so powerful that the vehicle carrying commandos was reduced to mangled wreck. After burning the vehicles, the rebels put up posters to mark a week-long protest on the first anniversary of the killing of the 40 suspected Maoists by C-60 commandoes in the district on April 22, 2018. Following to this the attack was believed to be in reprisal for the killing of 40 rebels by C-60 troopers a year ago. Right after the IED blast of May 1 police and security forces carried out a search operation in area. After triggering blast the suspected Maoists lying in ambush opened indiscriminate fire before fleeing. Heavy exchange of fire was reported between police, security forces jointly and Naxals at the site of blast in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra. Rebels suspected to be members of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), or CPI (Maoist), detonated the device on Dadapur road near the village of Jambhurkheda in Gadchiroli, some 250 kilometres from Nagpur, bordering Chhattisgarh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the phenomena and said, perpetrators of such violence would not be spared.

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