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Top leader Teltumbde among 26 Maoists killed in Gadchiroli, say police

Gadchiroli (Maharashtra) : Top Maoist leader Milind Teltumbde was among the 26 Maoists killed in an encounter with the police in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district, a senior police official said on Sunday.

The gun-battle took place on Saturday at Korchi in Mardintola forest area of the district, located over 900 km from Mumbai, when a C-60 police commando team was conducting a search operation, the police earlier said.

The C-60 commandos, an elite wing of the police, had recovered the bodies of 26 Maoists during a search after the encounter and Teltumbde, one of the wanted accused in the Koregaon Bhima-Maoist links case, was suspected to be among the dead.

“Teltumbde was among the 26 dead Maoists,” a senior state police official confirmed on Sunday.

Four police personnel were also seriously injured in the action on Saturday and were taken to Nagpur by helicopter for treatment.

Gadchiroli district lies on the Maharashtra border with Chhattisgarh.