Thursday, March 16, 2006

India rebels free train captives

BBC NEWS | World | South Asia | India rebels free train captives: "Maoist rebels in eastern India have released more than 40 train passengers they seized on Monday, officials say. The rebels stopped a train in a remote area in Jharkhand state on Monday evening and held the passengers captive for more than 12 hours.

More than 6,000 people have died during the rebels' 20-year fight for a communist state in tribal areas of India, including Jharkhand.

Jharkhand is rich in minerals and forest resources, but its people are among the poorest in India. Last October at least 12 paramilitary soldiers were killed in a mine blast which was blamed on the rebels.

The authorities say the guerrillas killed at least 13 villagers who had formed self-defence group to counter them last September. Earlier this month, at least six people were killed and 33 injured in two attacks by the Maoists in neighbouring Chhattisgarh state."

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