New Delhi: The security forces on Tuesday recovered at least fifteen more bodies of suspected Maoists from the Indravati River in Gadchiroli in Maharashtra, said official sources.
The bodies, which were bloated and have started to decompose, were found floating on the banks of the river, which flows along the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh borders. These eleven Maoists are believed to be from among those who managed to escape to the forests during a gunfight with security forces on Sunday.
At least six Maoists were gunned down in a fresh gunfight in the district, barely 36 hours after Sunday's encounter which left 16 rebels dead. The fresh encounter took place late on Monday in the Rajaram Kahnhila village in Jimlagatta with the crack commandos of the C-60 force.
Jimlagatta is 60 km from the scene of Sunday's ambush in which 16 Maoists, including three of their high-ranking commanders and seven women were killed. The death toll in the encounter in the past two days has reached 37.