Maoists kill 4 cops in Chhattisgarh

Three special police officers and a constable have been shot at Basaguda.

india Updated: Dec 13, 2006 13:28 IST

Four security personnel were killed on Wednesday as a large number of armed Naxalites attacked a relief camp in Basaguda village of Bastar region and looted arms, police said.

The Maoists killed three Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a constable and took away five arms, including a light machine gun and a self-loaded rifle, besides a walkie-talkie from the Basaguda relief camp, about 550 kms from Raipur, in Bijapur district, Superintendent of Police Ratan Lal Dangi said.

About 250 armed Maoists attacked the relief camp, where about 1,000 people had taken shelter due to Naxal threat following anti-Naxal drives, and opened fire from both sides, he said.

Police have also recovered five petrol bombs from the spot during a search operation.

After the Salwa Judum or peace campaign, the state government had recruited villagers as Special Police Officers and imparted arms training to them.

About 60,000 villagers from over 650 villages are staying in 19 relief camps in Dantewada and Bijapur districts since the beginning of Salwa Judum on June 6, 2005 in Bastar region, where Naxalites have been active for over two decades.

First Published: Dec 13, 2006 10:19 IST