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Chhatisgarh relief camp toll touches 31

india Updated: Jul 18, 2006 20:48 IST
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With recovery of two more bodies, the toll in Monday's naxal attack on a relief camp in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh rose to 31 on Tuesday as Naxalites released 46 villagers and killed six of them, a senior police official said.

Some 800 armed Naxalites surrounded the Errabore relief camp in Dantewada, 550 km from the state capital at 1 am, where 4,000 people were staying, triggered blasts and opened indiscriminate fire injuring 80 people.

Altogether 250 people are missing.

The Naxalites had abducted 46 villagers from the relief camp and released 41 and killed six, including a women, Special Police Officer, Dantewada SP Maj (Retd) Om Prakash Pal said over the phone from Errabore.

All the six killed persons were surrendered naxalites, the SP said adding their bodies were recovered near Gaganpalli area, about six km from Errabore.

Dantewada district Collector KR Pisda said of the seriously injured, 17 are undergoing treatment at Bhadrachalam and five at Khammam in Andhra Pradesh whereas five are being treated at Konta block headquarters, about 40 km from the Errabore.

Chief Minister Raman Singh told reporters on Tuesday that the government was drafting a new strategy against the Naxalites.

"In the wake of yesterday's killing, a fresh strategy is being drafted so as to save the people from the Naxalites and also to combat the Maoists menace," Singh said after having several rounds of discussions with officials.

After admitting lacuna in security structure, Singh late night called an emergency Cabinet meeting where he pulled up the Director General of Police Om Prakash Rathor, officials said on Tuesday.

"If we can not save our people at our own home, then how can we kill the enemy at their den," the Chief Minister asked the DGP in the cabinet meeting and expressed his unhappiness for Rathor not visiting the site on the day of incident, the officials said.

Rathor and Home Minister Ram Vichar Netam waited on Monday for the weather to clear so that they can fly to the incident site and finally went on Tuesday after Singh expressed displeasure over the security arrangement at various relief camps, where over 50,000 people have taken shelter on threat from Naxalites, they said.

Meanwhile, the Dantewada district Collector KR Pisda said over phone from Errabore relief camp that the government has decided to give Rs 1 lakh to each of the kin of the deceased.

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