Alleging that the recent encounters in Gadchiroli (in Maharashtra) and Chattisgarh, killing over 50 Naxals, were fake and stage managed by police forces of Maharashtra, Chattisgarh and Telangana, state secretary of Telangana Maoist party has called for a state shutdown on May 4. After the guns fell silent, security forces recovered the bodies of seven naxalites, including that of women, from the encounter spot, reported PTI.
Eight Naxals, including six women, were gunned down in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district on Friday, the police said. Last Sunday, over 35 insurgents had been gunned down in an encounter in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra.
"Currently we are fighting a straight battle in both Bijapur and Sukma because we have information that Maoists are trying to congregate at several places after Gandhchiroli attack".
The Intelligence Bureau has alerted security forces deployed in areas bordering Chhattisgarh and Telangana as reports have suggested that Maoists are planning revenge.
Yesterday's operation was carried out jointly by the Chhattisgarh police, the special anti-Naxal Greyhounds unit of their Telangana counterparts and the CRPF.
"It will be a multiple-tier security arrangement comprising the Army, para-military forces and the Jammu and Kashmir Police for the Amarnath pilgrimage starting June 28", sources said, adding that security arrangements this year will be more than the last year keeping in view the militant attack on a pilgrim bus in which some yatris were killed and injured.
At least six women fighters were among the latest dead in the Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh state, regional police chief Mohit Garg told AFP. The regional command committee of the Maoists in Bijapur is headed by Harishankar and Damodar. "So, to say that they can be easily sedated and then be killed is a figment of rumour monger's imagination", said another senior officer.