Indian police ambush Maoist rebels, killing eight
NEW DELHI – Agence France-Presse
The deaths are the latest in a long-running conflict between Indian authorities and the leftist rebels, who say they are fighting for the rights of marginalized tribal groups.
“Special police forces launched a search operation in the forest on Wednesday night to capture a group of extremists,” district police chief Ambar Kishor Jha told AFP.
“They came under fire and eight of the extremists were killed.”
Telangana is part of the so-called “red corridor” that passes through resource-rich areas of central, southern, western and eastern India and is mostly inhabited by underprivileged tribes.
The state was once a hotbed of Maoists rebels, but has managed to curb the insurgency through welfare schemes for tribal groups and a security crackdown.