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'13 Maoists including seven women killed in Gadchiroli', says police in Maharashtra

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NAGPUR: As many 13 Maoists were killed in an 'encounter' with the C-60 Commandos in Maharashtra, said police on Friday. 

Seven women were among those who died in this operation in the Paldi forests near Kotmi in Gadchiroli.

The police had got information about the Maoists' temporary camp in the region.

The commandos started the operation on the night intervening Thursday and Friday. Those who were killed in the exchange of fire include Nandini, Satish, Kishor, Rupesh, Sevanti, Kranti alias Maina, Guni alias Bukli, Rajni, Umesh, Kishor, Somri alias Sunita and Rohit.

The officials say that the slain Maoists were all wanted for several crimes and they together carried a reward of Rs 60 lakh on their arrests. Gadchiroli in Maharashtra is part of the Maoists' sphere of influence in the region that stretches from Southern Chhattisgarh to parts of Madhya Pradesh. 

The police have recovered AK 47 rifle, several SLRs, sten gun, 303 and 8 mm guns, a pistol apart from explosives. Earlier, the Maharashtra police had gunned down tow Maoists on May 13. In that operation, C 60 commandos had killed the two ultra-leftists at Morchul in Dhanora tehsil.

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