CM pays tributes to jawans killed in Gadchiroli ambush

Nagpur : Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis visited Gadchiroli on Thursday afternoon and paid condolences to the jawans who were killed in a landmine blast triggered by the Naxalites near village Jambhulkheda in Kurkheda taluka on May 1. The CM laid wreaths on the mortal remains of jawans and also met their kin and consoled them. He assured all possible help by the State Government to the jawans’ families.

Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir, Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Minister of State for Home Seepak Kesarkar, District Incharge Minister Ambrishrao Atram, Gadchiroli MP Ashok Nete, ZP President Yogita Bhandekar, MLAs Dr Deorao Holi, Krishna Gajbhe, Director General of Police Subodh Jaiswal, Rajendra Singh, Additional DG, Ankush Shinde, DIG, ANO, Shekhar Singh, District Collector, Shailesh Balkawde, SP, also paid condolences by laying wreaths on the mortal remains of the jawans. The CM later held a meeting of the senior police officers and took details of the incident. The dead bodies of jawans were then sent to their native places for the funeral.

The body of a jawan from Beed district will be flown to Pune and then will be taken to his native place Patoda, it was informed. The landmine blast triggered by the Naxalites near village Jambhulkheda in Kurkheda taluka killed 16 persons, including 15 policemen of the Quick Response Team (QRT) of the District Police and a bus driver on Wednesday morning. The village is located at just 6 kms away from the taluka place of Kurkheda and always remains busy with hundreds of vehicles plying on it throughout the day.

According to reports, these jawans were going for the Anti-Naxal operations in the area in a vehicle at around 11.30 pm. When the vehicle reached near village Jambhulkheda, it was blown up a powerful landmine blast which was planted under a culvert on the road. The blast was so powerful that the vehicle was broken into small pieces and thrown in various directions in the area. The bodies of jawans and their belongings were also scattered in the area. The entire traffic on Kurkheda-Korchi highway had come to a standstill due to the incident.

As per the order of senior officer, the police jawans were heading towards village Dadapur where 27 vehicles of a private contractor were burnt down by the Naxalites on April 30 night. The Naxalites had already planned an ambush. Police reinforcement was dispatched to the area following the incident and they launched the Anti-Naxal Operations.

This is one of the deadliest attacks of the Maoists on the police party in the district in which 16 policemen lost their lives. The jawans who were killed were Sahudas Madavi, a resident of Chikhli (Kurkheda), Pramod Bhoyar, Desaiganj, Raju Gaikwad, Mehkar (Buldana), Kishor Bobate, Armori, Santosh Chavan, Bramhanwada (Hingoli), Sarjerao Kharde, Aland (Buldana), Dayaram Sahare, Dighori (Bhandara), Bhupesh Walode, Lakhni (Bhandara), Arif Sheikh, Patoda (Beed), Yogaji Halami Mohgaon, (Kurkheda), Puranshaha Duga, Bhakrondi (Armori), Laxman Kodape, Yengalkheda (Kurkheda), Amrut Bhadae, Chinchghat (Nagpur), Agraman Rahate, Taroda (Yavatmal) and Nitin Ghodmare, Kumbahali (Bhandara).

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