Some suspected Naxals burnt down a Gram Panchayat building in Godalwahi village in Dhanora division of Gadchiroli district on Sunday evening.

According to Gadchiroli police, the Naxals first burnt down some official documents of the Godalwahi Gram Panchayat and then set ablaze the Gram Panchayat building.

Condemning the destruction of the Gram Panchayat building, a press statement issued by the office of the Superintendent of Police (SP) Gadchiroli said, “The destruction of Godalwahi Gram Panchayat building by the Naxals was with an intention to stop the development of tribal people of the district and to create terror in their minds. Even the villagers have condemned it strongly”.

Police have registered a case in Dhonora police station and are carrying our search operations in the area.

Meanwhile Naxals fired on the teams of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and District police near Jarawandi forest under Etapalli division of the district on Sunday.

According to police, the police and the CRPF teams were moving on an operation after secret information about a Naxal hideout. The Naxals fired on team of the CRPF but managed to escape when the CRPF and Police retaliate the fire.