BJP MLA Bhima Mandvi’s killing (File Photo)
Madvi Muiya alias Joga Kunjam, a top Maoist commander, carrying a cash reward of ₹8 lakh on his head, was killed in an encounter with security forces in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh on Thursday.
Dantewada SP Abhishek Pallav said, “Madvi Muyya was one of the masterminds of the attack in which BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi and 5 police personnel were killed. He was also one of the masterminds of Dantewada attack in which DD cameraman along with 2 security personnel had lost their lives last year.” “One rifle with 6 rounds has been recovered from his possession,” he added.
Earlier in the day, Director General (Anti-Naxal Operations) Girdhari Nayak told PTI that the encounter ok place in the forest under the Kirandul police station area when a joint team of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) and District Force (DF) was on a search operation in the morning.
“When the patrolling team was advancing through the forest between Perpa and Markamaris villages, around 450 km away from capital Raipur, it came under fire from a group of ultras that led to the gun battle,” Girdhari Nayak added.
Indulging in details, the DG said, “After the exchange of fire stopped, the body of a Naxalite, later identified as Madvi Muiya alias Joga Kunjam (29), was recovered along with a .315 bore gun.”
“Kunjam, who was active as a commander of military platoon-24 of Maoists, was allegedly involved in the deadly Burkapal attack on April 24, 2017 in Sukma district in which 25 security personnel lost their lives,” the officer concluded.
On April 9, BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi along with four security personnel were killed in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada. The incident occurred at Shyamagiri hills when the MLA's convoy was heading towards Kuwakonda from Bacheli area. The Maoists blew up a vehicle in the convoy with an IED and opened fire at the occupants. The MLA and four security personnel were killed in the attack.
However, within 10 days of horrific incident, security forces eliminated two Maoists allegedly involved in the attack. The killed Maoists were identified as Vargese and Linga.