Maoist Attack in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli claims 16 lives; PM Modi, Rajnath Singh condemn violence

Around 15 security personnel and a driver were killed on Wednesday in the deadliest Maoist attack on security forces. The attack took place when they were travelling in a private vehicle in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra. Reportedly, Naxals triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) to blow up a police vehicle.

According to the local police, ‘The blast took place between Jamborkheda and Lendhari.’

Revealing the details about the attack, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted and condemn the attack. ‘Anguished to know that our 16 police personnel from Gadchiroli C-60 force got martyred in a cowardly attack by Naxals today. My thoughts and prayers are with the martyrs’ families. I’m in touch with DGP and Gadchiroli SP’, Fadnavis said.

He added, ‘strongly condemn this attack and we will fight this menace with even more and stronger efforts. I also spoke to Hon Union Home Minister @rajnathsingh ji and briefed him about the situation in Maharashtra.’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and condemned the attack. PM Modi said, ‘Strongly condemn the despicable attack on our security personnel in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra. I salute all the brave personnel. Their sacrifices will never be forgotten. My thoughts & solidarity are with the bereaved families.’

‘The perpetrators of such violence will not be spared’, He added.

While Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh termed the attack an act of cowardice and desperation. ‘Attack on Maharashtra Police personnel in Gadchiroli is an act of cowardice and desperation. We are extremely proud of the valour of our police personnel. Their supreme sacrifice while serving the nation will not go in vain. My deepest condolences to their families’, Singh in a tweet adding Spoke to Maharashtra CM Shri regarding the tragic incident in Gadchiroli and expressed my grief at the loss of brave Police personnel. We are providing all the assistance needed by the state government. MHA is in constant touch with the state administration.’

As per reports, At least 27 machines and vehicles at a road construction site in Kurkheda of Gadchirol were set ablaze by the Naxals earlier in the day.

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