Inflicting another massive blow to the Maoists within 48 hours, the Maharashtra police claimed to have gunned down six Maoists in Gadchiroli district on Monday.“Six Maoists were killed in an encounter with the security forces in Rajaram Khandla area of Gadchiroli this evening,” Sharad Shelar, Inspector-General of Maharashtra police’s Anti-Naxal Operation (ANO) unit, told The Hindu.This is the second such encounter in Gadchiroli in 48 hours. On Sunday, the security forces had gunned down 16 Maoists in Kasansur area of the district.
Bollywood veteran and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Shatrughan Sinha returned to his native Bihar to thank his fans and well-wishers for praying for his well-being at a time when the world of art and culture had lost many luminaries in the country and abroad. “It is because of the strength of your love, affection and prayers that I am standing back on my feet now,” Sinha said on his first visit to his native Patna after his recent bypass heart surgery. “I have come here primarily to thank you all in person.”Shotgun, as Sinha is fondly called, said that the last two years had been particular bleak for the world of art during which many stalwarts from different fields passed away. “We have lost people such as Bharat Ratna Bhimsen Joshi, ghazal kings Mehndi Hassan and Jagjit Singh, superstar Rajesh Khanna, world champion wrestler-actor Dara Singh, writer-director B R Ishara and many more,” he said. “I was also hospitaliszed during this period but it is because of the sheer love and affection, good wishes and prayers of the people like you that I have recuperated and am in the midst of you,” he told a gathering in Patna.Sinha said that he was in particular thankful to all the leaders, both from the ruling coalition as well as the Opposition, who used to inquire about his health from time to time. “I am thankful to chief minister Nitish Kumar, deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, BJP’s state president Dr C P Thakur, NDA’s state convenor Nand Kishore Yadav who showed concern about my health,” he said.Sinha said that Rashtriya Janata Dal president Lalu Prasad, Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan and many others also inquired about his health while he was in hospital. “RJD MP Ram Kripal Yadav, in fact, came to the hospital where I was admitted in Mumbai to inquire about my well-being,” he added.Sinha on Monday evening, called on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to personally thank him. During the meeting, he talked about construiction of a sports complex at the Rajendra Nagar Physical Training Ground in Patna. He also discussed the project of an auditorium-cum-food court on the banks of Ganga.The Patna Sahib MP also assured his fans and party workers that he was fully fit to take part in any programmes. He also went to Harmandir Sahib gurudwara, the birth place of the tenth Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh, at Patna City. He inaugurated the close-circuit television system there.Sinha had undergone a bypass heart surgery at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambabni Hopistal in Mumbai in July this year. He was admitted to the hospital after he complained of breathlessness at his newly-painted home in Mumbai. advertisement