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LEAD: Left-wing revolutionary group kills 25 villagers in India.

NEW DELHI, July 17 Kyodo


Left-wing revolutionaries killed 25 villagers and injured 21 others Monday in a district in central India's Chattisgarh State.

B.K.S. Ray, principal secretary of the state government's Home Department, said that about 500 armed Naxalites struck a relief camp housing 4,000 villagers in Errabore village in Dantewada district between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m.

Twenty-three people are also missing.

The villagers were living in the state-run relief camp out of fear of terror threats by the Naxalites. The Central Reserve Police Force post which is close to the camp was also attacked.

The group also set fire to some houses in the camp which caused some casualties, Ray said.

A strong reinforcement of security forces is being sent to the site to protect villagers.

Naxalites have their strongholds in Jharkhand, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh and carry out sustained activities in parts of Orissa, Chattisgarh, Madhya Preadesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.

Naxalites are reportedly known to claim ''taxes'' from tribal people and landless farmers in areas where their power runs higher than the democratically elected established governments.

The earliest manifestation of the Naxal Movement started with the Telegana Struggle in July 1948 which was based on the ideology of the late Chinese strongman Mao Zedong with the aim to create an Indian revolution.

The Naxal Movement reportedly took proper shape after the Communist Party of India (Marxist) split to form the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) when the former decided to participate in elections.

The movement claims to struggle on behalf of landless laborers and tribal people against landlords and others in India.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Naxal Movement was popular and students even dropped out of prestigious higher education institutions to join the struggle for tribal people's rights.

However, over the years its popularity has declined and it is largely seen as having lost its vision and compromised its principles.
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Date:Jul 18, 2006
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