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Civilians new Naxal targets: 13 killed in 37 days

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 13:43

Nagpur: With the killings of 13 civilian
persons in a short span of 37 days, police say that a group of
"frustrated Naxals" is targetting civilians in Gadchiroli, in
the south-east Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, due to the
mounting pressure from police.

The intensity of killing was never so big in the past as
only isolated incidents of killings were recorded.
Police said that the outlawed Naxals are killing
civilians as they are engaged in gun-battle with the security
forces in and around Gadchiroli forests, right up to the
Chhattisgarh border, and are unable to cope up with the
mounting pressure from the men in khakhi.

"The villagers and tribals are easy prey, as Naxals
accuse them of being police informers and kill them
mercilessly. The age of the victims is between 18 and 35
years. On a couple of occasions, Naxals first killed the
victim with some sharp weapon and later pumped bullets, to
demonstrate their brutality," a top official told PTI on the
condition of anonymity.

It all started on June 4, when they first beheaded a
person in Etapalli taluka. Since then they are on a killing
spree in Etapalli, Kurpheda, Dhanora and Aheri taluka.

Naxals have a presence in almost all the taluka places
(forests) in Chamorshi and Bhamragarh and most killings took
place in Kasansur and Murumgaon area, police said.
However, the present killings are being called unjust
and there is no provocation either by security forces nor the
poor tribals.

Police sources also attribute a rise in the killings of
innocent people to that of elimination of their Commander
Nagesh in early April in an encounter in Khobramendha village.
One CRPF jawan was killed and five district policemen were
injured and five naxals were killed in the encounter.

Paramilitary forces swooped it on the Naxals, when they
were waiting to ambush a police party on the road. Forces
thwarted their plan, which came as a major setback to the

Top police officers from Gadchiroli were not available
for comments due to some ongoing operations, police said.


First Published: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 13:43

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