The Maharashtra police raided a training camp of Maoists in Gadchiroli district in the early hours of Saturday and killed two rebels in an encounter.
The police stated, "We have destroyed a camp where at least 80 Maoists were undergoing training." They added that four firearms, detonators, pressure bombs, as well as rice and dal, had recovered from the site.
The encounter took place in early hours in the Bhamragad area, which borders on Chhattisgarh, ahead of the `Peoples Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) Week’ which the Naxals observe from December 2 to 8, an official said.
The skirmish took place when a patrolling party of Gadchiroli police’s C-60 commandos was conducting a combing operation in the Abujmad forest on the Bhamragad side and the identity of slain Maoists was yet to be ascertained, he added.
Commandos came upon Maoists’ training camp where preparations were underway for PLGA week, he said. The Maoists opened fire on the commandos, leading to an hour-long gun battle.