Mumbai: The toll of Naxals killed in the encounter with police in a forest in Maharashtra’s Gadhchiroli district on Saturday, November 13 rose to 27 with the recovery of the body of an ultra, who was carrying a bounty of Rs 25 lakh on his head, during a search operation on Tuesday, an officer said.
The slain Naxal was identified as Sukhlal Parchaki (33), a resident of Kosami No 1 of the Sawargaon outpost in the Gadchiroli district, located over 900 km from Maharashtra’s capital.
“Parchaki’s body was found during a search operation in the forest of Mardintola – the site of the Saturday gun battle – this morning and his identity established,” Gadchiroli superintendent of police (SP) Ankit Goyal said.
Parchaki was a divisional committee member (DVC) of Maoists who was recently promoted to the Dandkaranya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZCM), the SP said, adding that Parchaki was carrying a reward of Rs 25 lakh on his head.
On Saturday, 26 Naxals, including senior cadre Milind Teltumbde, were killed in the fierce encounter with C-60 commandos that lasted for nearly ten hours. Four police personnel were also injured.
“With the recovery of the body of a Naxal, their toll in this encounter has increased to 27,” the SP said.