Latest News

Police: Rebels kill 20 soldiers in central India

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | 6:29 AM    

Print this page Email A Friend!


NEW DELHI (AP) - Maoist rebels ambushed paramilitary soldiers in a brazen daytime attack on their camp in central India on Tuesday, killing 20 troops in their largest attack in almost a year, police said.

Paramilitary soldiers have been stationed in the area for months to protect construction workers who are building roads into the dense forests of remote southern Chattisgarh state. The rebels oppose government efforts to open up the area, fearing it portends mining activities that would degrade the forests on which local tribes depend for food and shelter.

Forty-four soldiers were in the camp when 200 armed rebels surrounded it and opened fire, killing 18 men instantly and wounding others, said Mukesh Gupta, inspector general of police. Troops returned fire and a fierce gun battle lasted about three hours. Two soldiers died of their wounds soon after the attack.

There were no immediate reports of any rebel casualties in the attack near the village of Jiram Ghati in Sukma district in Chattisgarh. Police searched in nearby jungles, but the rebels escaped.

The rebels, who say they are inspired by Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, have been fighting for more than three decades in several Indian states, demanding land and jobs for agricultural laborers and the poor.

Most tribal people living there rely heavily on the forests for food, fuel and building materials for their thatched huts.

An estimated 10,000 to 20,000 fighters operate in a large swathe across central and eastern India. They frequently target police and government officials, whom they accuse of colluding with landlords and rich farmers to exploit the poor.

In May last year, rebels attacked a convoy carrying state Congress leaders and party workers in Sukma, killing 27 people, including some top Congress politicians of the state.

The rebels are now present in 20 of India's 28 states, according to the Home Ministry. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that the rebels are India's biggest security threat. Thousands of people — including police, militants and civilians — have died in the violence in recent years.

Like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/jamaicaobserver

Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/JamaicaObserver

ADVERTISEMENT

POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

 

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper – email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

Did the NWC prepare adequately for the current drought?
Yes
No


View Results »


ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT