15 policemen killed by Maoist guerrillas in India

ANG BAYAN
7 April 2012

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FIFTEEN elements of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed in an ambush by Maoist guerrillas in Maharashtra state on March 27. Twenty-eight others were wounded. It was the biggest guerrilla attack since June 2010, according to the CRPF spokesperson.

The ambush occurred at around 11:30 a.m. when the Maoist guerrillas detonated an explosive, hitting the bus the policemen were riding.

The latest clash took place in Gadchiroli district, near the border with Chhattisgarh, currently the center of the armed struggle being waged by the Indian Maoists.

The attack transpired despite claims by the reactionary government that the Maoist guerrillas are on a “tactical retreat.”

The Maoist-led struggle began in 1967. In 2009, the reactionary state launched a massive offensive known as “Operation Greenhunt” that resulted in widespread human rights violations. Nonetheless, it failed to defeat the Maoists.

In January this year, 12 policemen were killed and three others were wounded when an explosive was detonated on the enemy’s vehicle in a forested area of Jharkhand state. In June 2010, twenty-six police officers were killed in an ambush in Chhattisgarh, two months after guerrillas attacked a police detachment in the same state.