Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Four Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, April 25: Four Maoist guerrillas were shot dead in two separate overnight incidents in Chhattisgarh, police said Wednesday.

Both incidents took place in the southern tip of Bastar region, in the Maoist stronghold of Dantewada district.

"Militants opened fire Tuesday night on a police team. Two militants were shot dead on the spot," R.K. Vij, the inspector general of Bastar range, told IANS over telephone.

He said two other rebels, including a commander known as Ramdas, were shot dead in the Dhanora forested region, 392 km south of Raipur.

According to a report by the Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR), Maoist violence killed 749 people in India in 2006, with Chhattisgarh alone accounting for 48 percent of the casualties.

--- IANS

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