Top Maoist Leader Milind Teltumbde Shot Dead

Gadchiroli : Top Maoist leader Milind Teltumbde alias Deepak Teltumbde was among the 26 Naxals who were killed in yesterday’s encounter with police in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district, a senior police official said on Sunday.

“As per the primary identification, Teltumbde was one of the 26 Maoists killed in Saturday’s encounter,” Gadchiroli superintendent of police Ankit Goyal said on Sunday, adding the identification of other slain rebels was underway.

Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil also stated that Milid has been shot dead among the 26 Naxals in the gun-battle on 13th November.

Four police jawans are injured in today’s anti-Naxal operation in Gadchiroli were airlifted and admitted to Critical Care Complex of Orange City Hospital and Research Insitute in Nagpur, the hospital says.

The gun battle took place yesterday morning at Dhanora in the Gyarahbatti forest area in the district, located over 920 km away from Mumbai, when a police team was conducting a search operation, a senior officer said.

As per the preliminary information, the ultras fired on the police personnel, which was retaliated, he added.

The police also recovered 29 firearms from the spot, including nine 12 bore weapons, nine SLRs (self-loading rifles) and five AK-47 guns, another police official said.

The dead rebels included 20 males and six females.

A male and a female bodyguard of Teltumbde were also among those killed in the encounter, police said.

Milind Teltumbde, the brother of activist and scholar Anand Teltumbde, was carrying a reward of Rs 50 lakh on his head for his alleged involvement in violent activities against the state.

Anand Teltumbde had been arrested earlier in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case and is currently lodged at the Taloja prison in neighbouring Navi Mumbai.

As per a charge sheet filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the Elgar Parishad case, Milind Teltumbde was named as the ‘dreaded Maoist’, a top operative of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist), and declared as absconding.

He was allegedly involvement in the Naxal movement since 1996 and was on the radar of central and state security agencies for the last few years in the wake of his activities.

A witness of the NIA in the Elgar Parishad case in a statement claimed that Milind Teltumbde had lived in Dhammadeep Nagar at Ita Bhatti Chowk in Maharashtra’s Nagpur district.

The witness had claimed that Milind Teltumbde bought a property worth Rs 7 lakh under the name of an associate and stayed there between January 2017 and April 2018.

According to the NIA, Milind Teltumbde used several alias names like ‘Anil’, ‘Deepak’, ‘Sahyadri’ and ‘Comrade M’ while on the run.

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