Sunday, May 21, 2006, PTI
RAIPUR: Maoist rebels set ablaze five passenger buses on Sunday in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region during a general strike called by them.
The cadres of the left wing extremists outfit, CPI-Maoist, also abducted a policeman. "Maoists have taken away a policeman from Dornapal locality of Dantewada district early morning while they set five passenger buses on fire on national highway number 221 between Sukma-Konta area after asking passengers to get down," a senior police officer said.
The two-day strike, called by the rebels, began on Saturday in Bastar and spread over 40,000 sq km areas to the Kanker and Dantewada districts as well, disrupting normal life.
"The strike has crippled normal life. In forested and rural areas, majority of buses are off the road and in interior areas of Kanker, rebels have blocked roads by felling trees," the police official said.
He added that police and CRPF troopers deployed in Bastar had been directed to not visit thick forested areas as rebels would blow up the police vehicle.
The strike has been called as a protest against the government-sponsored anti-Maoist movement Salwa Judum (peace mission), which was launched in June 2005.
Rebels say that government should immediately wind up Salwa Judum and withdraw the CRPF and the Nagaland Armed Police (NAP) battalion currently deployed in Bastar for anti-insurgency operations.
Arout 50,000 tribesmen have deserted their native villages in the worst affected Dantewada district after the state government launched Salwa Judum.
Maoists reportedly run a parallel government in the forested rural belt in half of Chhattisgarh's total 16 districts. Over 150 people, mostly tribals, have been killed this year alone in Maoist-related violence.
Naxals go on violence spree to counter govt retaliation
Dhananjay Mahapatra, Monday, May 22, 2006 TIMES NEWS NETWORK
RAIPUR: The bandh call given by Maoists in protest against the ongoing "Salva Judum" anti-Naxal movement evoked violence in Bijapur and Dantewada in Chhattisgarh on Sunday.
Naxals set four buses on fire and triggered a series of blasts, abducted a policeman and an Airport Authority of India official.
The bandh call in Dandakarnya, comprising parts of Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, was also in protest against the deployment of Central forces, including Nagaland Armed Police.
At Kundarighat near Bijapur, Maoists triggered blasts, hurting two cops and four 'Salva Judum' activists.