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BJP lawmaker among 5 killed in Indian Maoist attack

Nayadiganta English Desk

09 April 2019,Tuesday, 21:21



Photo: The Statesman

Photo: The Statesman

A lawmaker of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and four security personnel were killed today when Maoist rebels ambushed their convoy with an improvised explosive device in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh.

Police officer P. Sunder Raj said the rebels detonated an improvised explosive device in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh, an insurgent stronghold, just two days before a multi-phase general election begins in India, reports AP.

The BJP state lawmaker Bhima Mandavi, his driver and three security personnel accompanying him were killed in the attack, Raj told reporters.

The rebels, inspired by Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, have been fighting the government for more than four decades, demanding land and jobs for tenant farmers, the poor and indigenous communities.

They claim thousands of fighters and control vast swaths of territory in several Indian states.

The government calls the rebels India's biggest internal security threat.

 

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