Gadchiroli encounter: Maoist Milind Teltumde, accused of Elgar Parishad, killed along with 25 Naxalites


New Delhi: Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil said on Sunday that top Maoist leader Deepak Teltumade alias Milind Teltumade was killed in an encounter in the Gyarapatti forests of Gadchiroli district on Saturday.

Apart from Milind, Prashant Bose alias Kishan Da, Sheela Marandi alias Hema and others were also killed in the encounter. According to the police, the encounter took place when a team of C-60 police commandos was conducting a search operation at Korchi in Mardintola forest area of ​​the district.

The police force recovered the bodies of 26 slain Maoists, including Teltumbde, one of the wanted accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist link case, with a reward of Rs 50 lakh on his head.

A senior state police officer said in his report, “Teltumbde was among the 26 killed Maoists.”

Milind Teltumbde, brother of activist and scholar Anand Teltumbde, was involved in taking aggressive action against the state. Earlier, activist Anand Teltumbde was arrested for his alleged role in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist case and is currently lodged in Navi Mumbai’s Taloja Jail.

According to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Milind was actively involved in organizing camps to train Naxalites and impart proper guerrilla warfare training to the new recruits.

The police also suspected Milind’s involvement in carrying out the 2019 IED blast.

(with inputs from agencies)