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Maoist raid kills 25 in Chhattisgarh
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Date : 2006-07-19 10:50:18                      Reader : 318
Such terrorist acts are not committed by Muslims . Another evidence that terrorism is not a Muslim product. We always say that terrorism has no race nor faith, but western media insist to focus on Islam as disciple of terrorism !!

 

GOOGLE NEWS 19/7/2006

Maoist raid kills 25 in Chhattisgarh



Raipur • At least 25 people were killed after armed Maoist guerrillas stormed a government-run shelter early yesterday morning in Chhattisgarh in one of the worst extremist attacks in the central Indian heartland, police said. Over 100 people, missing after the attack, however, were traced by evening.

Over 600 Maoist rebels surrounded the Arabore camp in violence-racked Dantewada district, 510km south of here, between 1:00 am and 2:00 am yesterday and opened indiscriminate fire in which 50 local tribespersons were also injured.

“The death toll has reached 25 with the recovery of eight charred bodies from debris of burnt houses, while over 100 anti-Maoist cadres are missing after the raid,” Dantewada District Police Chief Om Prakash Pal said over phone from Arabore.He added that at least 50 people were injured in the attack and 26 of them had been admitted in the Bhadrachalam hospital in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh as their condition was said to be serious.

Describing the raid as a planned attack, Pal said Central and state police forces had launched a major combing operation to secure the release of the missing cadres of the Salwa Judum, a government-supported movement that arms and helps villagers to fight Maoists.

The Arabore camp provides shelter to over 3,000 people associated with the Salwa Judum (which literally means peace movement in the local Gondi language) who settled down in it with their family members a year ago.

“The rebels first attacked a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) security camp just outside the relief camp and engaged the forces in gun battle for an hour. Then hundreds of Maoists opened fire on the relief camp,” a senior police officer said.

“A CRPF battalion and hundreds of Chhattisgarh police personnel have launched a rescue operation. They are searching for bodies and the injured in the debris of burnt houses,” Chhattisgarh’s Police Chief O P Rathor said earlier.

Chhattisgarh’s border with Andhra Pradesh was sealed off to stop the attackers from sneaking into their safe haven in the thickly forested belt of the neighbouring state. Chief Minister Raman Singh condemned the incident and described it as an “inhuman act of Maoists who are fast losing their traditional base in Dantewada”.

Since January, at least 197 civilians, most of them belonging to the Salwa Judum, have been killed in Maoist violence in the state, according to officials.

Human rights groups, however, maintain the government is endangering the lives of civilians by sponsoring the Salwa Judum militia and putting young men in the line of fire.

Chhattisgarh is among the states worst affected by the Maoist insurgency.

Nearly 50,000 tribals have deserted their native forested villages in the state after the government launched the Salwa Judum in June 2005.

Maoists, who control vast swathes of rural India along its eastern flank, claim they are fighting for the rights of poor peasants and landless labourers. Officials admit there are about 20,000 armed Maoist fighters in the country, backed by thousands more of sympathisers.


 
 
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