Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh were commanders

March 21st, 2008 - 3:54 pm ICT by admin  

Raipur, March 21 (IANS) At least 10 of the 17 Maoists killed in a coordinated police operation in Chhattisgarh were commanders in the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist). The Greyhounds of the Andhra Pradesh Police along with the Chhattisgarh Police killed the 17 in a crackdown early Tuesday in Bijapur district.

“Now most of the bodies have been identified and at least 10 of them have been identified as commanders and area commanders,” a source at the state police headquarters here told IANS.

The source claimed that the 18-20 rebels injured seriously in the gun battle included two CPI-Maoist leaders, Aaitu and Ganesh.

The two were among dozens gathered at a forested hilly location in Bijapur close to the Andhra Pradesh border to attend a marriage ceremony.

The police here largely credited the Greyhounds for the success against the Maoists and said it would allow the commandos to comb the Chhattisgarh forests to inflict more casualties on the insurgents.

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