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Naxals kill 50 security personnel in Chhattisgarh

Bijapur (Chhattisgarh), Mar 15: At least 50 police personnel, including Special Police Officers (SPOs), were killed at their outpost in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur District by Naxalites in the wee hours of Thursday.

According to sources, the attack took place at around 2 a.m. at the Rani Bodli outpost, located 525 km from Raipur.

There were about 23 Chhattisgarh police personnel and 55 SPOs at the outpost, when the Naxals attacked it, lobbing grenades and petrol bombs and firing indiscriminately.

Locals are demanding the resignation of State Home Minister Ram Vichar Netam.

According to a report titled 'Naxal Conflict in 2006', 749 people were killed in Naxal-related conflict in 2006. These include 285 civilians, 135 security personnel and 329 alleged Naxalites.

The highest number of killings was reported from Chhattisgarh (363), followed by Andhra Pradesh (135), Jharkhand (95), Maharashtra (60), Bihar (45), Orissa (25), West Bengal (22), Uttar Pradesh (2), Karnataka (1) and Madhya Pradesh (1).

The number of killings in 2006 has declined as compared to 2005 during which 892 people were killed.

In some of the incidents, many of the innocent victims were killed through repeated stabbing and slitting of throats in front of other hostages or villagers.

The Maoists' victims also included Salwa Judum cadres, who have received training in self-defence and resist the Naxalites. An anti-Naxalite movement launched in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh in June 2005-- has restricted the menace of Naxalism.

The Salwa Judum campaign had resulted in 48.5 percent of the total killings, including Naxalites, in Chhattisgarh.Naxalites have been responsible for the blocking of many development initiatives in areas where they exercise control. They target labourers, officials and companies, besides governmental buildings housing security personnel.

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posted by Resistance 3/15/2007 05:55:00 PM,


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