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Thursday, June 13, 2013

INIAN MAOISTS KILL TWO IN RAILWAY ATTACK TO CAPTURE WEAPONS Kathmandu, 13 June:: Maoist rebels attacked a passenger train in Bihar on Thursday, killing at least two people in a daring assault just weeks after the rebels ambushed a convoy of Congress politicians in Chhattisgarhm Reuters reports from Bew Delhi.. "One RPF (Railway Protection Force) jawan has died and a civilian has also been killed," Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde told reporters in New Delhi. Media reports said nearly 100 armed Maoists, including women, attacked the intercity express. The train was held up by Maoists between Jamui and Bhalui stations for more than an hour and they were probably trying to loot the weapons of railway police aboard the train, a top railway official said. The Maoists, who say they are fighting for the rights of the poor and landless and want to overthrow the government, have stepped up attacks in recent months. The latest attack will put further pressure on the Congress party-led government to bring in the military to tackle the insurgency. In May, the Maoist rebels ambushed a convoy of Congress politicians in Chhattisgarh, killing at least 27 people. Former Congress minister V.C. Shukla was injured in the attack and died of his wounds this week. In 2010, the rebels were blamed for sabotaging a crowded high-speed train in West Bengal, killing scores of passengers and injuring at least 200 people. The rebels, also known as Naxals, have fought for decades in a wide swathe of central and eastern India, including many resource-rich regions where tensions run high between poor farmers and industrial developers. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described the Maoist insurgency as India's biggest internal security challenge. nnnn


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