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    Rebels kill 55 in landmine blast in India's Chhattisgarh state

    The rebels are said to be operating in 165 of the country's 602 administrative districts and expanding their influence.

    Maoist rebels kill 55 in landmine blast in Chhattisgarh

    Maoist rebels set off a landmine under a truck on Tuesday in Chhattisgarh, killing 55 people and wounding at least 20 who belonged to a government-backed anti-Maoist group, police said. The attack came on the eve of a visit to the country by U.S. President George W. Bush and was one of the worst single acts of violence by Maoists in the past three decades. Analysts said the attack showed New Delhi could ill-afford to take the growing Maoist threat lightly, saying that the rebels posed a bigger danger than Kashmiri Islamist militants.
    "Maoists set off a landmine in Darmagura area in Dantewada district, killing 55 people," senior police officer S.K Paswan told Reuters, adding those killed were tribal members returning from an anti-Maoist meeting organised by the state. Some of the wounded were taken to neighbouring Andhra Pradesh by helicopter. Last year the local Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party government set up and started funding local anti-Maoist groups in impoverished and underdeveloped areas and provided arms to some members to fight the guerrillas. Officials said hundreds of police reinforcements had been sent to the area to search for those behind the attacks. Darmagura, 500 km south of Raipur, is a stronghold of Maoists who claim to be fighting for the rights of peasants and landless labourers. Indian Maoists, who operate in at least nine of the country's 29 states, have stepped up attacks in the past year, killing dozens of people, including police. The home ministry said there are about 9,300 Maoist guerrillas operating in the country.

    DANGER TO INDIA?

    Security analysts say New Delhi ignores the seriousness of the Maoist threat in the country at its peril. "This is a great error of judgment and the country will pay for this for decades," said Ajai Sahni, executive director of the New Delhi-based Institute of Conflict Management. He said Maoists were already operating in 165 of the country's 602 administrative districts and expanding their influence. Sahni criticised the government's dual policy of fighting the Maoists through the local police while developing impoverished districts where the guerrillas derive their support, especially among poor tribals and lower castes. "Development is not the answer for terrorism. You cannot outdevelop a terrorist movement," Sahni said, calling for a modern, well-equipped police force to tackle the rebels. The Home Ministry said last week Maoist violence has been rising, with 892 people killed in 2005, compared to 653 in 2004.
    The Maoists, who often target those they consider government informers as well as landlords and local officials deemed to be corrupt, temporarily seized parts of a town in Bihar in November.

    http://in.today.reuters.com/news/new...a-238617-3.xml

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    Now that they're succeeding in making inroads with their movement, these folks need to concentrate on getting their message across. The world should know what they stand for and what their political objectives are. The Indian establishment better watch its dhotis now!

    Btw, are these the same maoists who are wreaking havoc in Nepal?
    the resident cinema geek

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      Re: Rebels kill 55 in landmine blast in India's Chhattisgarh state

      Originally posted by bollybuster
      Now that they're succeeding in making inroads with their movement, these folks need to concentrate on getting their message across. The world should know what they stand for and what their political objectives are. The Indian establishment better watch its dhotis now!

      Btw, are these the same maoists who are wreaking havoc in Nepal?
      Maoist rebels are active in about a third of India's states and are so powerful in several districts of central and eastern India that they virtually run a parallel administration. They say they are fighting for more rights for indigenous people.

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4757776.stm

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        Maoists/Naxalites are the Dalits/tribals.
        just another useless troll

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          ^^ SO is this movement Anti-Brahminist ?
          Last edited by bollybuster; Mar 1, 2006, 12:15 AM.
          the resident cinema geek

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            #6
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            Originally posted by zxcvb
            Maoists/Naxalites are the Dalits/tribals.
            Are you blaming the Dalits?

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              More bloodshed in central India.

              http://www.telegraphindia.com/106030...ry_5935894.asp

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                Has anyone blamed Pakistan yet?

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                  This is not some brutal civil war in a forgotten corner of Africa -- this is the Chhattisgarh state in central India, and a side of the country that U.S. President George W. Bush failed to see on his visit last week. Almost unnoticed even by its own citizens, India is locked in an increasing violent conflict with tens of thousands of Maoist guerrillas who many compare to Peru's Shining Path.

                  http://in.today.reuters.com/news/new...a-239851-2.xml

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                    Re: Rebels kill 55 in landmine blast in India's Chhattisgarh state

                    Amnesty worried at rising Maoist violence in India

                    Escalating Maoist violence in Chhattisgarh is a matter of grave concern and the government should act to protect people, Amnesty International said on Friday. In one of the deadliest attacks in four decades of conflict with the Maoists, 55 people were killed and at least 20 injured when the extremists set off a landmine under a truck on Feb. 28 in a remote Chhattisgarh district. This week, at least 10 civilians have been killed in three separate attacks in the state, police said. "Amnesty International has concerns over the safety of the ordinary people including tribals in this region," the Indian branch of the rights group said in a statement. "Amnesty International urges the Chhattisgarh government to investigate all killings of civilians in the region and amend the security legislation to ensure that the rights to freedom of expression and assembly are respected," it said. Maoist rebels dominate large swathes of eastern, central and southern India. They claim to fight for the rights of the peasants and rural poor. Security personnel have been their main target but of late, civilians have also come directly in the line of fire, especially those involved in the anti-rebel campaigns.

                    http://in.today.reuters.com/news/new...a-240088-1.xml

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