BSF soldier recalls fierce firefight with Maoists in Bihar

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Patna, Apr 16 (ANI): A Border Security Force (BSF) soldier recalled the pre-dawn attack by over 100 Maoists on their camp in Dhansa Valley in Bihar's Rohtas District.

"The BSF did a good job in fighting the Naxalites and made them flee. There is a small casualty. Many of them ran away from the spot," said Krishna, who took a bullet in the leg, as he recuperates at a hospital in Patna.

About 70 men of the BSF valiantly fought back an assault by over 100 Maoists on their camp at Dhansa valley.

The BSF men, though outnumbered, valiantly defended their armoury, theooty the Naxalites are mostly after.

At least five rebels were killed after a fierce seven-hour long gun battle, while the rest fled.

The Maoists, who say they are fighting for the rights of poor farmers and landless labourers, have threatened to chop off hands of voters if they went to polling booths.

The Maoist insurgency began in the late 1960s and now stretches through rural areas of eastern, central and southern India.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described the Naxals as one of the gravest threats to India's internal security. (ANI)

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