28 Feb 2006 09:25:00 GMT, Source: Reuters
Feb 28 (Reuters) – Maoist rebels set off a landmine under a truck in central India on Tuesday, killing 50 people who belonged to a government-sponsored anti-Maoist group, police said.
Maoist violence in India is rising, with 892 people, including hundreds of civilians, killed in 2005 and 653 deaths in 2004.
Here is a chronology of some the recent major attacks blamed on Maoists in India:
March 18, 1999 – Thirty-five sleeping villagers in the eastern state of Bihar are killed in a caste massacre that police say was carried out by gunmen from a banned Maoist group.
Nov. 19, 2002 – Maoist rebels blow up a bus in southern Andhra Pradesh state, killing 14.
Dec. 19 – Maoist rebels kill 18 policemen in an ambush in a dense forest in the eastern state of Jharkhand.
Oct. 1, 2003 – The chief minister of Andhra Pradesh and three other people are wounded in a bomb blast in the Hindu temple town of Tirupati.
Nov. 20 – Eighteen policemen are killed when their truck is blown up by a landmine placed under a culvert by Maoist rebels in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
Feb. 28, 2005 – Maoist rebels in Andhra Pradesh shoot dead eight villagers and hack limbs off three others in revenge for an attack villagers launched on the rebels seven years ago.
May 7 – About 200 Maoist rebels, some armed with AK-47 assault rifles, attack a mining unit of India’s largest aluminium and copper producer Hindalco in the central Chhattisgarh state, shutting down its operations.
Aug. 15 – Ten people, including a lawmaker and a bureaucrat, are killed when Maoists set off a landmine under a government jeep in Andhra Pradesh.
Sept. 4 – Maoist rebels set off a landmine under a security vehicle in Chhattisgarh, killing 23 policemen and a civilian.
Sept. 12 – Maoist rebels storm a village in Jharkhand, drag villagers out of their homes and open fire on them, killing 15.
Oct. 8 – Maoists set off a powerful bomb at a jungle hideout in Jharkhand, killing 13 policemen.
Nov. 13 – More than 700 Maoist rebels temporarily take over parts of a town in Bihar, free nearly 400 prisoners from a jail, including many rebels, and kill three policemen and a member of a private landlord army.
Jan. 29, 2006 – Eight civilians and three rebels are killed in a raid on a government relief camp for tribals in Chhattisgarh.
Feb. 6 – Twelve policemen are killed in two separate attacks in Chhattisgarh.
Feb. 9 – Close to 200 Maoist rebels storm a state-run explosives store in Chhattisgarh, killing eight federal policemen and taking away a huge cache of explosives and detonators.
Feb. 28 – Maoist rebels set off a landmine under a truck in Chhattisgarh, killing 50 people belonging to a government-sponsored anti-Maoist group. Source: Reuters