Maoists kill 13 policemen in Chhattisgarh
Maoist rebels in Chhattisgarh killed thirteen policemen, including 10 from Nagaland Armed Police (NAP), in two separate attacks.india Updated: Feb 06, 2006 23:05 IST
Maoist rebels in Chhattisgarh killed thirteen policemen, including 10 from Nagaland Armed Police (NAP), in two separate attacks on Monday.
The personnel of the NAP, which has been at the front of the campaign against the Maoists, were killed in a landmine blast in a forest area in Dantewada district, 480 km south of state capital Raipur.
Earlier, the guerrillas shot dead three policemen and injured five in an attack on a police station in Jashpur district.
Both attacks were blamed on the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist. Thirteen more policemen were injured in the strikes.
"Ten NAP personnel were killed and eight others were injured when a powerful landmine was set off as their vehicle was moving through a forest in Dantewada district," Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) MW Ansari said.
An NAP battalion comprising 850 policemen was deployed in the Bastar region, a stronghold of the Maoists, in June 2005.
The rebels have stepped up their attacks in the state since last week, killing eight civilians in a government-run relief camp at Gangalur in Dantewada that borders Andhra Pradesh. Three rebels were also killed in that attack when police returned fire.
Maoist rebels, who have a strong presence in eight of the 16 districts in Chhattisgarh, claim they are fighting for the rights of landless labourers and poor peasants, many of them tribals. Their main targets are police and paramilitary forces.