Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Naxalites' menace continues, burn 9 trucks in Jharkhand

Published by: Diksha Gupta
Published: Wed, 22 Apr 2009 at 09:58 IST

Ranchi: Armed Naxalites set afire as many as 9 trucks, in yet another major attack on in the state ahead of second phase of LS polls.

Naxalites gunned down a driver (identity not ascertained), after burning about nine trucks near police station in Barachatti area.

Maoist rebels are targeting the government machinery ahead in an attempt to disrupt second phase of LS polls.

Maoist rebels, who claim to fight for peasants and landless labourers, have stepped up attacks in recent days opposing general elections in the area.

They launched several attacks in different areas on April 16 disrupting first phase of LS polls.

The rebels, with strong links to Maoist guerrillas just to the north in Nepal, are becoming increasingly active and some analysts say they pose a bigger problem for the central government in Delhi than the separatist rebellion in Kashmir.

The government estimates there are about 9,300 Maoist rebels operating in the country in what is known as the ‘Red Corridor', stretching from the Nepal border in the north through several states to south India.

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