THE UN­DER AGE ARMY

Chil­dren are now mak­ing up in­creas­ing num­bers of Maoist fight­ers

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LOST CHILD­HOOD

How Maoists are prey­ing on chil­dren in Jhark­hand and West Ben­gal

April 2015

Maoists force fam­i­lies in seven vil­lages of Jhark­hand’s Gumla dis­trict to hand over five chil­dren per vil­lage to join their ranks

April 2015

Maoists abduct five girls, aged 10 to 13, from Kar­cha vil­lage in West Ben­gal. Their where­abouts are still not known

June 2015

Twelve Maoist fight­ers, in­clud­ing four child sol­diers, killed in a po­lice op­er­a­tion in Bhal­wahi vil­lage in Jhark­hand’s Palamu dis­trict

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