Maoists kill 4 Salwa Judum members in Chhattisgarh
At least 280 have been killed since January in southern Bastar and it is one of the worst naxal-infested states.india Updated: Oct 03, 2006 12:17 IST
Four civil militia cadres in Chhattisgarh were killed by guerrillas of the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) in a forested hamlet, police said on Tuesday.
Three senior cadres of the government backed civil militia movement, Salwa Judum, (Campaign for Peace), were killed in a landmine explosion set off by the rebels on late Monday in insurgency-hit Dantewada district's Usoor police station area, 450 km from Raipur.
"Leftist extremists killed three tribesmen, all between 25 and 30 years, in a landmine blast while a 45-yr-old person was dragged out of his home on Monday night and shot dead," a senior police officer said.
Thousands of personnel of the federal police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been carrying out raids since last week at rebel hideouts in Bastar forest - a region considered a Maoist hotbed for over three decades.
"Maoist militants have suffered heavy casualties during recent assaults launched by the CRPF in their strongholds. Now the rebels are killing civilians to vent their frustration due to losses suffered by them," the officer added.
Chhattisgarh is among the 13 worst Maoist-infested states and officials say at least 280 people, mostly tribal civilians, in the state's southern Bastar region have been killed since January.
Maoists claim to fight for rights of poor peasants and landless labourers and have killed hundreds of people and destroyed government properties worth millions in a three-decade old movement that began in 1967.