Red terrorism in India raised its bloody head once again on Wednesday as Maoist blew up a vehicle carrying security personnel, killing 15 of them and a driver in Gadchiroli in Maharashtra. The incident occurred near Lendhri pool, about 6 km from Kurkheda. The martyred were C-60 commandos, trained to tackle Maoist menace.
The attack comes hours after 3 dozen vehicles were torched in Kurkheda in the district. The vehicles were parked near a construction site when Maoists set them on fire around 3:30 AM.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned the attack in a tweet.
On April 10, a CRPF jawan was seriously wounded in an IED-triggered explosion in Gadchiroli. The next day another blast was set off near a polling booth in the same region.
The Wednesday incident comes on a day when Maharashtra is celebrating its foundations day. It is the second major Maoist attack in India in less than a month. On April 9, a BJP MLA and five security personnel were killed in Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh.
Maoist had called for boycotting the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. But there was a huge turnout of voters both in Dantewada and Gadchiroli, which went to the polls on April 11 in the first phase of voting.