In a major achievement for security forces, the mastermind of Maoist attack in April, in which BJP lawmaker Bheema Mandavi lost his life, was killed in an encounter on Thursday. Along with Mandavi, 5 police personnel had also died.
The Maoist was identified as Madvi Muyya. He had also planned the Dantewada attack in which two DD journalists and two security personnel died.
Muyya carried a reward of Rs. 8 lakh
The development was confirmed by Dantewada SP Abhishek Pallav. The senior police officer revealed Muyya was carrying a reward of Rs. 8 lakh. "One rifle with 6 rounds has been recovered," Pallav told ANI.
To recall, Mandavi's convoy was attacked near Nakulnar town of Dantewada. The Maoists triggered an IED blast and opened fire after that.
The attack took place just two days before the first phase of polls.
Maoists fired during patrolling, gun-battle followed
The encounter happened early in the morning when a joint team of District Reserve Guards (DRG) and District Force (DF) soldiers was leading a search operation.
The patrolling team came under fire when it was advancing towards forest between Perpa and Markamaris villages, around 450 km away from the capital Raipur, claimed reports.
In gun-battle that ensued, 29-year-old Muyya alias Joga Kunjam died.
Two days after Mandavi's death, his family voted
Mandavi's gruesome death showed Maoists don't want democracy to take its route. They even put out warnings in the area asking locals to boycott polls.
However, sending a strong message, Mandavi's family turned up at the booth to cast their ballot. Among those who got inked were his widow Ojaswi and his parents.
Locals also said they wouldn't let Mandavi's sacrifice go in waste.
Yesterday, Naxals attacked police vehicle, 15 jawans were martyred
Meanwhile, the wreath laying ceremony of security personnel, who were martyred on Wednesday, concluded.
15 security personnel lost their lives in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli after Naxals attacked their vehicle. The driver of the car, carrying C-60 Commandos of Maharashtra police, also died.
The attack was condemned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, and other leaders.