In­dian po­lice kill six Maoists in shootout

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Six heav­ily armed Maoist rebels were killed yes­ter­day in a jun­gle gun­bat­tle with po­lice in eastern In­dia, an of­fi­cer said. Po­lice said they opened fire af­ter be­ing at­tacked dur­ing a search on yes­ter­day morn­ing in the Maoist strong­hold of Late­har dis­trict in Jhark­hand state. “The area is cov­ered by dense forests and it has been a den for the in­sur­gents for the last 15 years or so,” said po­lice su­per­in­ten­dent Anoop Birtharay. “The en­counter lasted 45-50 min­utes. We have re­cov­ered six bod­ies of Maoists who were wear­ing their typ­i­cal black army uni­forms,” he said by phone. “We have also seized six weapons and some 500 rounds of am­mu­ni­tion,” he added. The Maoist rebels have been fight­ing for decades to over­throw the gov­ern­ment, but the con­flict has taken on a new in­ten­sity since the elec­tion of right-wing Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi in 2014. In Oc­to­ber In­dian po­lice killed 24 rebels, known lo­cally as Nax­als, af­ter an am­bush near the border be­tween Andhra Pradesh and Odisha states. The guer­ril­las are most ac­tive in the so­called “Red Cor­ri­dor” which passes through swathes of cen­tral and eastern In­dia.

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