New Delhi: The Maoist rebels shot dead three policemen who were walking to a market in Bijapur, around 170 kms from Raipur.
The director-general of police, Mr Vishwa Ranjan, said the insurgents attacked the policemen on Wednesday in the densely forested Bijapur district of Chattisgarh state.
In April, the rebels killed 76 paramilitary soldiers in the nearby Dantewada district of the state. The rebels have tapped into the rural poor's growing anger at being left out of the country's economic gains.
The home ministry says they are now present in 20 of the country's 28 states.