Five killed in Maoist violence in Chhattisgarh
Wed May 3, 2006 5:07 PM IST169,
RAIPUR, India (Reuters) – Five people were killed in separate incidents of Maoist violence on Wednesday in Chhattisgarh, which has been battling a surge in rebel attacks, police said.Two former guerrillas, appointed as low-ranking police officers by the state government, and a civilian were shot dead by rebels in the Bijapur area, 510 km south of the state capital Raipur, a senior officer said.
Separately, police killed two rebels in the same area in a pre-dawn gun battle. Officials say the rebellion has killed at least 135 people, mostly tribal villagers, in Chhattisgarh since January.
The Maoists say they are fighting for the rights of poor peasants and landless labourers.