Thursday, November 01, 2007

Maoist rebels kill politician in eastern India

Suspected Maoist rebels killed a politician after raiding his house in India's eastern state of West Bengal on Thursday, a news agency reported.

Police told the Press Trust of India (PTI) that the Maoists carried out the attack at the house of Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Bhagirath Karmakar in the western Purulia district early on Thursday.

Senior police official Ashok Kumar Prasad said that an armed group of militants threw bombs at the house of Karmakar - who was on the hit list of the rebels - killing him on the scene.

The guerrillas later fled toward the neighbouring state of Jharkhand, one of the hotbeds of Maoist insurgency in India.

Police sounded an alert in the district and launched search operations to track down the militants.

The killing came shortly after the Maoist insurgents killed the son of a former chief minister and 16 others in Jharkhand on October 27.

Maoist rebels operate in 13 of India's 29 states, are most active in states like Jharkhand, central Chhattisgarh and southern Andhra Pradesh, and claim to fight for the rights of the rural poor and tribal people.

According to New Delhi based Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) at least 384 people including 129 civilians, 162 security forces personnel and 93 Maoist rebels have been killed during January to September 2007.

Jharkhand is among the states worst-affected by the Maoist violence, accounting for 44 of the deaths in the conflict.

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