Maoist rebels kill 24 Indian soldiers in landmine blast.
killed and many injured when Maoists, a force of rebels in the countrys
eastern parts, triggered a landmine blast and then opened indiscriminate
firing at the troops late last night in countrys eastern state West Bengal,
said media reports reaching New Delhi. The incident happened in the states West Midnapore districts Shilda
locality.The victimised security forces were deployed to combat the Maoists. Many
security personnel went missing after the attack.
The attack assumes significance as it came just six days after the
countrys Home Minister P. Chidambaram held a meeting here with the officials
of the four eastern states of Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal to
launch an inter-state operation against the left-wing extremists.
According to sources, there were 51 troopers inside the Shilda police camp,
comprising 35 Eastern Frontier Rifles (EFR) and State Armed Police (SAP)
personnel. Top Maoist leader Koteswar Rao alias Kishenji has claimed his group - the
banned Communist Party of India-Maoist - was behind the attack. In a message,
he said: "We launched this attack protesting against the proposed Operation
Green Hunt against the Maoists."
Expressing willingness to participate in dialogue with the government, he
said: "We are ready to sit for talks but the union government must stop the
joint operation against the Maoists."
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|Date:||Feb 16, 2010|
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