Naxal blast kills 12 in Chhattisgarh

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Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh, Nov 29 (UNI) Twelve people, including ten Mizoram Armed Force personnel and a 12-year-old boy, died after Maoists blew up a jeep by triggering a landmine at Murliguda village in Naxal-affected Bastar division's Dantewada district today, police said.

The deceased included head constables Chalyan, Ralloman Tauna, constables Jaiming Thaga, Gyano Pauka, V K Kalulyang, T K Jena, Baglal Thoya, Lallatangjaba Puiya, Lalatlai Puiya, cook Aalalhua and driver Zakir Khan.

''The personnel were en route to Banda Post from Konta in a private jeep that was blown up by the rebels,'' Dantewada Superintendent of Police Rahul Sharma told UNI.

After the attack, the ultras took away seven AK-47 assault rifles and a carbine. An AK-47 was recovered from the spot.

Security personnel, who rushed to the spot after the incident at about 1430 hrs, collected dismembered bodies. The blast was so powerful that body parts lay scattered over a radius of about 200 metres.

Meanwhile, police said paramilitary forces had been pressed into service for combing the entire area to flush out the extremists.

Communist Party of India (Maoist) cadres stepped up violence in Bastar since June 2005 after local tribals launched Salwa Judum to generate awareness among the masses against insurgent violence and to isolate the Maoists.

However, the Naxals retaliated by unleashing violence against those participating in Salwa Judum rallies and public meetings.

More than 700 people, including several security personnel, were killed in rebel violence over the past two years while nearly 60,000 people abandoned their native villages and sheltered in relief camps set up by the state government in Bastar.

UNI

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