Major Naxal attacks
Pursuing a bloody legacy of 'protracted people's war', they have brutally killed cops, ministers among others besides destroying property worth crores.
Twenty-four security personnel were killed when Naxalites triggered a landmine blast at Bijapur in Chhattisgarh on September 3. Never before have so many securitymen died in a single Naxal attack. On September 5, the Chhattisgarh government banned the Naxalite organisations in the state.
During the period upto October 2004, 1276 persons were killed in 2927 incidents in naxal-affected states, Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha. 2552 naxalites in naxal-affected states were arrested, he said.
November 20: In a grim warning of the increasing Naxalite threat in the state, 15 policemen including jawans of the provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) were killed as Naxals blew up a culvert on the border of Varanasi and Chandauli districts of Uttar Pradesh.
April 15: Eight policemen, including an officer-in-charge and a sub-inspector were killed and three seriously injured when the outlawed MCC blew up a patrol vehicle in Bihar's Nawada district. (Full Story)
January 5: Police killed three Naxalites belonging to People's War group after the latter triggered a landmine killing three policemen in Andhra Pradesh's Guntur district.
August 23: PWG kidnaps five policemen in forest areas of Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh.
November 18: At least 20 people were killed and another 16 were injured when People’s War Group blew up a state-owned RTC bus near Chintagudam village in Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh. Initial reports said they blasted the bus carrying civilians mistaking it to be transporting policemen who had participated in an encounter near Eturunagaram a day before.
August 20: PWG kills 10 policemen in a landmine explosion near Bondlamatu, 355 km east of Hyderabad in AP.
September 29: MCC burns a cop alive and loots sophisticated weapons from a police picket in Bariadih in Hazaribag. (HT Report)
October 20: PWG blow up a police vehicle near Jagpura village in Patna district killing six policemen and the driver of the vehicle. (HT Report)
October 21: PWG blasts a Cola Cola bottling plant near Mangalagiri town in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh to protest against US strikes on Afghanistan. (HT Report)
October 26: Naxalites, said to be belonging to PWG, kidnap Union Minister of State Vidyasagar Rao's brother-in-law Martand Rao in Karimnagar. He was released on Nov 2 after his family reportedly accepted the ultras' demands.
October 28: Naxalites blast railway station, telephone exchange in Andhra. (HT Report)
October 31: MCC attacked a Jharkhand Armed Police picket in Dhanbad district killing 13 persons, including 12 jawans. About 75 MCC terrorists, who included women and teenagers, also carted away 16 rifles, four carbines and ammunition. (HT Report)
November 12: MCC and PWG gun down two Rashtriya Janata Dal leaders (who had worked with naxalites earlier) and blow up railway lines and six vehicles in two districts of Jharkhand.
November 29: PWG blows up a food factory in Chittoor partially owned by the family of Andhra Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu in Chittoor in AP. It also blew up a granite factory partly owned by Union Minister of state for Defence U Krishnam Raju and destroyed machinery unit in Tata Coffee factory at Brahmanapalli in the same district. (PWG on rampage - HT Report)
December 1: Naxalites, for the first time, attacked three police posts on a single night on Dec 1 in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh.
December 2: PWG blows up Orissa's Minister for Textiles, Handloom and Cooperation Arabinda Dhali at Poteru village in Malkangiri district to mark People's Guirrilla Day when the People Guirrilla Army was formed. (HT Report)