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TOP MAOIST COMMANDER AMONG 26 KILLED IN GADCHIROLI

Milind Teltumbde, wanted in the Elgar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon violence case had a bounty of Rs 50 lakh on his head.

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Among the 26 Naxalites/Maoists killed in Gadchiroli in Maharashtra, one of the biggest, longest and massive encounters in India’s history, was top Maoist leader Milind Teltumbde, wanted in the Elgar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon violence case. Milind Teltumbde, who is the brother of activist and scholar Anand Teltumbde, was a banned CPI (Maoist) central committee member and used to head the Maharashtra-Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh zone of CPI (Maoist). He was active in four states—Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana and had a bounty of Rs 50 lakh on his head. Another Maoist, Korchi Dalam Commander Kishan/Jaiman, with a Rs 8 lakh reward on his head was also killed.

A total of 26 bodies were recovered, 20 of whom were men and 6 women.

Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil, while sharing the details of the operation lauded the action taken against the Maoists in the Gyarapatti forest in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district and said, “We are proud of our Police. Today`s action is remarkable achievement not only in the history of state but also in the history of country.” The Home Minister’s Office (HMO) tweeted this from its official account. He also said that a “large quantity of arms were seized, Three police personnel were injured and are undergoing treatment and are stable at hospital.”

Speaking further about the operation, he said working on the basis of information received by the C-60 force meant for combating Naxalism in the state, action was taken by Additional Superintendent of Police Somay Munde and his team under the guidance of the Superintendent of Police Ankit Goyal.

Sixteen teams of the anti-Maoist elite C-60 commandos—with over 500 personnel—carried out the huge security operation that started at 6 am on Saturday and went on till 4 pm. The encounter took place in the deep forests near Dhanora in Gadchiroli district, Gadchiroli Superintendent of Police Ankit Goyal said. “Around 26 Naxals have been eliminated in the encounter at multiple locations by several security forces in the region. Three security personnel have also been injured in the cross-firing. They have been airlifted by helicopter to Nagpur and admitted for treatment at a local hospital,” Goyal told the media.

While talking about the encounter, he added around 100 “Naxals opened fire at our search parties in Gyarapatti area of Gadchiroli yesterday morning and our parties also retaliated. The exchange of fire started at around 6 am and continued intermittently for nine hours. Naxals were firing from AK-47, SLR, UBGL.”

Police also said that a total 29 weapons including five AK-47s, one AK with UBGL or under barrel grenade launcher, nine SLRs (self-loading rifles), one INSAS (Indian Small Arms System) rifle, three .303 rifles among other small arms were recovered from the encounter site.

Milind Teltumbde, known as “Jeeva” and “Deepak” belonged to Rajur village in Yavatmal district’s Wani taluk and was instrumental in the growth of the outlawed movement in Gadchiroli, Gondia and Rajnandgaon

districts in Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. Several other Maoists who carried rewards on their heads were also gunned down.

Apart from him, two other top Maoists the police claimed to have gunned down were Mahesh alias Shivaji Raoji Gota, a resident of Renadigutta village of Etapalli tahsil of the district, who carried a bounty of ₹16 lakh on his head, was commander of the Kasansur “dalam” (squad) and Lokesh alias Mangu Podyam, a resident of Jagargunda village in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh, was commander of company 4, carried a reward of Rs 20 lakh. Both were members of the Gadchiroli divisional committee of CPI (Maoist). Also were killed Milind Teltumbde’s bodyguards, identified as Tilak Jade—an area committee member (ACM) also known by his aliases “Bhagatshingh” and “Pradeep”—and Manso Boga (known by her alias ‘Vimla’).

Security forces have been trying to track Milind Teltumbde since long. As per the NIA charge sheet in the Bhima Koregaon Elgar Parishad case, he along with others was slapped with almost two dozen charges under the UAPA. Teltumbde was the main financier of the Bhima-Koregaon programme organised in Pune three years ago. His communications with the organisers under the nickname of Deepak are part of the police record in the case as per officials. His elder brother Anand Teltumbde, a noted academic and writer, is currently lodged in Mumbai’s Taloja jail and is awaiting trial. Milind’s wife Angela Teltumbde was arrested in Thane in 2011 but was later released on bail.

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6 ITBP personnel died in a bus accident, president expresses grief

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On Tuesday, President Droupadi Murmu expressed sorrow over the deaths of six members of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), who perished when the bus they were riding in crashed into a riverbed in Pahalgam.

“The tragic loss of precious lives of ITBP personnel in the unfortunate accident at Anantnag, J&K fills me with sadness. My heartfelt condolences for the bereaved families. I pray for speedy recovery of the injured,” the Rashtrapati Bhavan tweeted.

A civilian bus carrying 37 ITBP employees and two J-K Police officers was travelling from Chandanwari to Pahalgam when it apparently experienced brake problems and crashed into a steep gorge, injuring 33 people, according to a senior ITBP official.

“Deeply anguished by the bus accident near Chandanwari in which we have lost our brave ITBP personnel. My condolences to the bereaved families and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured. All possible assistance is being provided to the injured personnel,” Lt Governor Sinha said.

Amit Shah, the union home minister, also shared his grief over the unfortunate occurrence and wished for the quick recovery of those hurt.

“Anguished to learn about the accident of a bus carrying ITBP and police personnel in Pahalgam, J&K. My prayers and thoughts are with the bereaved families. The injured were rushed to the hospital. May they recover at the earliest,” he tweeted.

According to Dr. Syed Tariq, a physician at the Government Medical College of Anantnag, 30 individuals were injured in the collision.

“Our six jawans have lost their lives, 30 injured. We will provide the best possible treatment to the injured. ITBP Headquarters is keeping a watch on the situation. The jawans were returning from Amarnath Yatra duty. All help will be provided to affected families, Vivek Kumar Pandey, ITBP PRO said.

The incident happened in the Pahalgam region of Frisland.

For the Amarnath Yatra, the jawans were stationed there.

“We are in touch with the local administration and teams of disaster management have been rushed to the site for a rescue operation,” an ITBP official said.

On June 29, the Amarnath Yatra set out from Jammu under the strict security measures put in place by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the army, and the local police.

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Police declared that the two were killed in an apple orchard.

“Terrorists fired upon civilians in an apple orchard in the Chotipora area of Shopian. One person died and one was injured. Both belong to the minority community. An injured person has been shifted to hospital. The area had been cordoned off.Further details shall follow,” the police said this afternoon.

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Altaf Thakur, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s J&K spokesperson, declared that he “seriously condemns” the wicked act of terror.”

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A major accident happened where an Indo-Tibetan-Border Police (ITBP) bus fell into a deep roadside river bed. Reportedly so far six soldiers have been martyred .

The bus carrying 37 ITBP personnel and two J-K Police was on its way from Chandanwari to Pahalgam. This information has been given by ITBP.

Meanwhile, the cause of the accident is said to be the brake failure of the bus. According to the police, six ITBP personnel have been martyred. The injured were rushed to Anantnag district hospital. The identity of the injured has not been disclosed yet.

“We are in touch with locals administration and teams and disaster management have been rushed to the site for the rescue operation,” the officials said.

Moreover, ITBP commandos have been sent to the spot so that the rescue operation can be done expeditiously. All the jawans going by bus were on duty for Amarnath Yatra and were coming back to Pahalgam. About 20 ambulances are engaged in rescue work on the spot.

Earlier on 29 June, the Amarnath Yatra began amid tight security arrangements made by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

However, further details about the incident are awaited.

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“Greetings on Parsi New Year. May the coming year be filled with joy, prosperity, and good health. Navroz Mubarak,” PM Modi said.

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Taking to Twitter President Murmu said, “On the auspicious occasion of Parsi New Year, I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to all my fellow citizens, especially our Parsi brothers and sisters. The Parsi community has significantly contributed to the development of our nation through their hard work, dedication, and entrepreneurship. The inclusive culture of India inspires all the citizens to live together in harmony.”

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Taking to Twitter Yadav said, “Received the sad news of the demise of former minister cum BJP MLA Shri Subhash Singh Ji from Gopalganj Sadar. Praying to God to give his soul a place at his feet and strength to his family members to bear the loss. Om Shanti.”

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