Raipur, March 14 (IANS) After a few weeks of peace, Maoist violence again broke out in Chhattisgarh, one of India’s states worst hit by Left insurgency, with rebels killing three policemen and injuring at least three others in an attack in the restive Bastar region.
The ambush occurred in a forested area in Dantewada district, close to the site where rebels had massacred 76 policemen, including 75 of para-military Central Reserve Police Force, in April last year. Dantewada is some 500 km south of Raipur.
“Our three jawans were killed when Maoists sprayed bullets on them in a remote village near Madpalli. At least three other jawans were injured and we have been trying to airlift them for medical attention,” Bastar’s Inspector General of Police T.J. Longkumer told IANS over phone.
He said police also killed a number of Maoists in a lengthy gun-battle that followed the ambush. Among the three policemen killed were two Koya Commandos, a unit of Chhattisgarh Police raised from local youths of Bastar region to fight insurgency.
“Police did not collect so far a single dead body of Maoists and it is probable that rebels have carried away the bodies of their colleagues deep inside the jungle,” Longkumer added.