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'12 Maoists killed' in latest Indian govt attack

Indian security forces killed 12 Maoists, including three women, in the latest of a series of raids against rebel strongholds in the east of country, officials said Thursday.

The government launched a major offensive last year to tackle the worsening left-wing insurgency, but since then the Maoists have hit back with bloody strikes including the massacre of 76 policemen in April.

The latest rebel deaths occurred late Wednesday when commandos and paramilitary special forces acting on a tip-off targeted about 45 Maoists gathered in a village in the Midnapore district Midnapore District was split on January 1 2002 into Purba Medinipur and Paschim Medinipur districts. For information on the division of the district refer to Partition of Midnapore.  of West Bengal West Bengal: see Bengal.
West Bengal

State (pop., 2001: 80,176,197), northeastern India. It is bordered by Nepal and Bangladesh and the states of Orissa, Jharkhand, Bihar, Sikkim, Assam, and Meghalaya and has an area of 34,267 sq mi (88,752 sq km);

"This was a major success. We found eight bodies and we have information that four more bodies were carried away by the Maoists, while many more were injured," director general of police Bhupinder Singh Bhupinder Singh may refer to
  • Bhupinder Singh (musician), an Indian singer and musician popularly known by his first name
  • Maharaja Bhupinder Singh (1891-1938) who was the Maharaja of Patiala
  • Bhupinder Singh snr (1965-) who was an Indian cricketer.
 told reporters in Kolkata.

"When the Maoists opened fire, the forces retaliated," he said.

A Maoist spokesman speaking to local media from an undisclosed location confirmed the attack but said only five rebels from the People's Liberation Guerrilla Army -- an armed wing of the Maoists -- had died.

As part of the same government operation in Midnapore district, eight Maoists were killed by security forces on Tuesday, while on Monday in neighbouring Jharkhand state 10 rebels were killed.

Maoist rebel groups have fought for decades throughout east India against state and central government rule, drawing support from landless land·less  
Owning or having no land.

landless·ness n.

Adj. 1.
 tribal groups and farmers left behind by the country's rapid economic expansion.
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Date:Jun 17, 2010
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