//Maoists raid relief camp; 2 killed, 25 injured

Maoists raid relief camp; 2 killed, 25 injured

Monday February 27 2006 00:00 IST, IANS

RAIPUR: Two people were killed and 25 injured when Maoist rebels raided a government-run relief camp in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, police said on Sunday.

"Close to 200 rebels armed with self-loading rifles stormed the relief camp at Munder village in Dantewada and killed two refugees on the spot," district police chief Praveer Das told IANS on telephone.

The overnight raid at the camp located nearly 500 km south of here was blamed on the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist.

Das said a majority of the injured were policemen, who engaged the rebels in a gun battle before they fled into a forested area. Police have launched a combing operation to trace the attackers.

Nearly 30,000 tribals have been living in 12 government-run refugee camps in Dantewada since June 2005, when they left their villages following a threat from Maoists.

The rebels accused the tribals of supporting the police in anti-insurgency operations.

Last month, rebels killed eight people in an attack on a relief camp at Gangalur in Dantewada, forcing the state government to throw a security blanket in and around all the camps.

Rebels have killed 37 people, included 20 policemen, this month in Dantewada district, which borders Andhra Pradesh.