Saturday, December 29, 2007

Naxals wage a war as ruling BJP eyes Assembly polls

Raipur (PTI): Chhattisgarh continues to be in the 'war zone' of the Maoists as they kill security personnel at will and free their comrades from jails.

On March 15 this year, about 700 Maoists raided the Rani Bodli police station in Bijapur district and when policemen came out of their rooms for safety, the rebels killed them with axe and other traditional weapons and then blasted land mines leaving 55 security men dead.

On December 16, in connivance with jail officials, 300 inmates, including 105 Maoists, escaped with six rifles and one police wireless set from the Dantewada district jail.

The Maoists also damaged power transmission towers in Narayanpur district on June 1, pushing 27 lakh people of Bastar region into darkness for 12 days. The government has so far incurred a loss of Rs 2,000 crore on account of such attacks.

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