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Six killed in Maoist violence in Chhattisgarh

In continued violence by Maoist guerrillas in Chhatttisgarh, three more people were shot dead on Saturday.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2006 04:19 IST

In continued violence by Maoist guerrillas in Chhatttisgarh, three more people were shot dead on Saturday raising the number of people killed by the group since Friday to six, police said.

The incident took place in the worst-hit Dantewada district of Bastar region, where the rebels killed three cadres of the anti-Maoist group Salwa Judum, a senior police officer told IANS on telephone.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh condemned the killings and described the incident as "an act of cowardice".

Congress leader Mahendra Karma launched Salwa Judum last year in June with direct arms and monetary support of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government.

During recent months, Maoist rebels have stepped up attacks on Salwa Judum cadres.

Earlier on Friday, Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) rebels swooped on the forested Iptagura village, 552 km south of Raipur, and shot dead two tribals for allegedly supporting anti-insurgency operations.

In another incident in Bhatwara area of Bhairamgarh, 456 km south of Raipur, seven people were injured when a police team touched a body lying on a road not knowing that a bomb was attached to it.

Chhattisgarh is one of the worst Maoist violence-hit Indian states and officials say more than 100 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the state since Jan 1.

First Published: Apr 09, 2006 04:19 IST