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Naxals bleed Bastar, kill 13 villagers

Thumbing their nose at Salwa Judum (anti-naxal campaign) launched by Chhattisgarh, Maoists today killed 13 of the 50 villagers they had kidnapped on April 25 from Manikunda village in Dornapal area of Dantewada district in south Bastar. The victims were Salwa Judum activists.

india Updated: Apr 30, 2006 14:19 IST

Thumbing their nose at Salwa Judum (anti-naxal campaign) launched by Chhattisgarh, Maoists today killed 13 of the 50 villagers they had kidnapped on April 25 from Manikunda village in Dornapal area of Dantewada district in south Bastar. The victims were Salwa Judum activists.

Sending a message to Chief Minister Raman Singh, the Naxalites struck when he was in south Bastar to attend a meeting of the Bastar Development Authority at Dantewada.

The 13 bodies were found in the morning at the national highway between Konta and Sukma. “The bodies had multiple wounds and rebels killed them by slitting their throats,” SP Praveer Das said. When policemen lifted the bodies, five pressure bombs exploded but no one was injured. The bombs were tagged to the bodies.

The Naxalites killed two of the abducted villagers on Thursday. The remaining 35 villagers, some of them women and children, were released. They reached the Dornapal relief camp in the afternoon “The released villagers are in a state of shock and are not able to tell where they were and how they were treated,” police said.

Raman Singh, state Home Minister Ram Vichar Netam and Leader of Opposition Mahendra Karma went Dornapal to attend the funeral of the the Naxal victims.

The Maoists kidnapped the 50 when around 60 villagers, staying in the Dornapal relief camp, had gone to their Manikonta village to look after their belongings on April 25.

About three men and five women escaped to reach Dornapal relief camp and informed the police. These villagers were staying in the relief camp after they were threatened by Naxalites for participating in salwa judum against the Maoists in Dantewada and Bijapur districts.

At the BDA meeting, Raman Singh said all political parties must unite to tackle the naxal challenge. In March 13 people were killed in the state when rebels set off a landmine under a vehicle, mistaking it for a police jeep.

Massacre trail

1 Bodies of 13 of the 50 abducted villagers bore multiple injuries and their throats had been slit

2 Maoists had planted pressure bombs under the bodies, five of which went off

3 Two abducted villagers were killed on Thursday

4 The remaining 35 were let off

First Published: Apr 30, 2006 14:19 IST