In one of the worst attacks in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli, naxals blew up a police vehicle with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) leaving 15 members of the Quick Response Team (QRT) along with a driver dead.

The blasts occurred at 12.30 pm when the team was travelling via Kurkheda-Korchi road in Gadchiroli.

Earlier, the naxals set ablaze 27 vehicles of contractors commissioned to construct the National Highway 136.

Director General of Police of Maharashtra Subodh Jaiswal confirmed the death of the 15 security personnel and a driver and vowed to give a befitting reply to the attackers.

He said “it is a big loss for Maharashtra police. We are ready to give a befitting reply to the Naxals. I cannot call this an intelligence failure. The Maharashtra police will take whatever action needed against such activities.”

The blasts occurred at 12.30 pm near Lendhri nullah, a few kilometers from Kurkheda in Gadchiroli. The quick response team was from Kurkheda police station going to Purada village.

It is reported that the naxals were observing a week long protest to mark the anniversary of 40 comrades killed in different encounters last year.

Union Minister Arun Jaitley condemned the attacks on twitter.

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