Rebel leader Milind Teltumbde, 25 other Maoists killed
Police had earlier said that a gun battle took place on Saturday at Korchi in the district’s Mardintola forest area, 900 km from Mumbai, when a team of C-60 police commandos was conducting a search operation.
An elite wing of the police, C-60 commandos, had recovered the bodies of 26 Maoists during post-encounter searches and Teltumbde, one of the wanted accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist link case, was suspected to be among the dead.
Teltumbde was among the 26 killed Maoists, a senior state police official confirmed on Sunday.
Another police officer said that the police also recovered 29 firearms, including nine 12 bore weapons, nine SLR (self-loading rifles) and five AK-47 guns from the spot.
The slain insurgents included 20 men and six women.
Police said a man from Teltumbde and a female bodyguard were also among those killed in the encounter.
Milind Teltumbde, brother of activist and scholar Anand Teltumbde, had a reward of Rs 50 lakh on his head for his alleged involvement in violent activities against the state.
Anand Teltumbde was earlier arrested in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist link case and is currently lodged at Taloja Jail in Navi Mumbai.
According to a chargesheet filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the Elgar Parishad case, a top activist of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) Milind Teltumbde was named as a ‘dreaded Maoist’ and declared an absconder. .
He was allegedly involved in the Naxal movement since 1996 and was on the radar of central and state security agencies for the past few years in view of his activities.
An NIA witness in the Elgar Parishad case claimed in a statement that Milind Teltumbde lived at Dhammadeep Nagar, Ita Bhatti Chowk in Nagpur district of Maharashtra.
The witness had claimed that Milind Teltumbde bought a property worth Rs 7 lakh in the name of an associate and lived there between January 2017 and April 2018.
According to the NIA, Milind Teltumbde used several aliases like ‘Anil’, ‘Deepak’, ‘Sahyadri’ and ‘Comrade M’ while on the run.
On Saturday, four policemen were also seriously injured in action against Naxalites in Gadchiroli, located on the border of Chhattisgarh, who were taken by helicopter to Nagpur for treatment.
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