Fifteen Gadchiroli police commandos were killed in an IED explosion on the border between Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh states on Wednesday afternoon as they were traveling on a bus. This is the biggest success of the guerrilla insurgents in India of the last ten years.
According to the authorities, the explosive was under the tarmac of the road, and could have been placed there several months ago.
This action comes as revolutionaries in India complete a week of commemoration of their martyrs, including the 40 revolutionaries who were shot dead in April last year during an attack by Maharashtra security forces.
The local commissioner announced that he had launched a retaliatory action and that he planned to deploy more soldiers in the area to capture the guerrillas involved in the attack.