April 6, 2010

                   At least 74 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and state police personnel were killed in an ambush on Tuesday, in the thick Mukrana forests of Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district. The dead include a Deputy and an Assistant Commandant of the CRPF, and a head constable of the district police. The CRPF party, returning after a three-day anti-Maoist operation, were taking a break at around 6 am after travelling all night, when they were ambushed by up to 1,000 Maoists positioned on neighbouring hill top. The Naxals - aware of the CRPF movement - executed their attack with fierce precision, giving the jawans no chance to react. They blew up an anti-landmine vehicle and then began firing indiscriminately. The shocked and exhausted jawans weren't able to follow standard operating procedures like checking the road for landmines, and were massacred within minutes. The Naxals also managed to loot all the weapons that the CRPF team had. The attack comes two days after Maoists triggered a landmine blast in Orissa's Koraput district, killing 11 security personnel of the elite anti-Naxal Special Operations Group.

         The rebels say they will step up attacks unless the government halts its offensive against them. Mr Chidambaram has said troops will intensify the offensive if the rebels do not renounce violence and enter peace talks. The Maoists want four senior leaders freed from jail and the offensive halted before any talks. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described the Maoist insurgency as India's "greatest internal security challenge". The Maoists say they are fighting for the rights of the rural poor who they say have been neglected by governments for decades.Thousands of people have died during the rebels' 20-year fight for communist rule in large swathes of rural India, known as the "red corridor". 
           The Govenment should take steps to tackle this internal security threat.....with naxals holding camps within india ...and training its members...when India shouts out at terrorism ...what about naxalism within the nation.


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