11 killed in Naxalite attack on relief camp
ELEVEN PEOPLE, including three Naxalites, were killed and nine injured in an attack by the CPI (Maoist) ultras on a relief camp of displaced tribals at Gangalur in Chhattisgarh?s Dantewara district last night, police said today.india Updated: Jan 31, 2006 12:06 IST
ELEVEN PEOPLE, including three Naxalites, were killed and nine injured in an attack by the CPI (Maoist) ultras on a relief camp of displaced tribals at Gangalur in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewara district last night, police said today.
Among the injured were five Special Police Officers, who are local youths recruited by police on fixed honorarium to work as a conduit between the villagers and police in the Naxal-hit south Bastar region, bordering Andhra Pradesh.
Police sources today said three Naxalites, including a woman, were killed when police repulsed the ultras who killed eight villagers in the attack on the relief camp set up by the government to give shelter to tribals uprooted from their homes in the ongoing hostilities between the extremists and security forces. The injured were being treated at the health centre at Gangalur, police added.
Several thousand tribals had been given shelter in over a dozen relief camps following the increased Naxal violence terror after the local tribals with the support of political parties and administration launched a peace movement ‘Salwa Judum’ against the three-decade-old Naxal menace.
Along with the peace movement, police had recruited local youths, including women, to work as Special Police Officers equipped with firearms after few months training. The SPOs assist the police in intelligence gathering and other operations.
The villagers killed in the attack were identified as Jaipal, Benje, Durgma Lacha and Hemla Lacha. Bastar range Inspector General of Police M W Ansari and other senior officers have rushed to the spot, police sources added. More than 20,000 tribals, displaced from several villages following the Naxalite terror after ‘Salwa Judum’ was launched with government support, were given shelter in over a dozen relief camps opened in South Bastar.
Over 500 armed Naxalites early today attacked the Ganglur camp, where about 5000 people had taken shelter.
First Published: Jan 31, 2006 12:06 IST