As many as seventeen policemen have been killed in an ambush with Maoists at Laheri police station in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra.
Media reports said citing sources that a team of 45 policemen that was patrolling the area was ambushed by over 150 rebels. The incident triggered a gunbattle between the two sides which lasted over four hours.
In the ambush, 17 cops were killed, including sub inspector CS Deshmukh, reports said.
The encounter comes barely hours after Maoists set ablaze a gram panchyat office in the area, reports said.