One killed, three wounded in Maoist mine attack in India's northeast (India)

India, May 19, 2009 - One civilian was killed and three Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were injured when suspected Maoist rebels triggered a landmine near Otar village in northeastern Jharkhand state's West Singhbhum district Tuesday (May 19), the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.


The attack took place near Otar, some 50 miles (80 km) from Ranchi, when the CRPF personnel were returning to their camp after a night patrol, PTI reported the district superintendent of police, S K Jha, as saying. The civilian victim was reportedly driving the bus while the CRPF men, who were on foot, suffered shrapnel wounds. The Maoists claim to be fighting for the rights of India's poor and landless and the prime minister has labeled them the greatest threat to Indian national security. The rebels, who represent the armed wing of the Communist Party of India-Maoists, have been fighting for four decades to replace India's federal system with a Maoist one and they are active in about half of the country's states. They are most influential in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Orissa states, where they have called for boycotts of India's five-phase national elections that ended on Saturday (May 16). Attacks in these eastern states increased sharply during the elections, with the PTI reporting that during the last month dozens have been killed in Maoist rebel attacks in Chhattisgarh alone.

Von: 19.05.2009,

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