India’s Maoist Rebels Kill 73 Police In Worst-Ever Attack

April 6, 2010

Seventy-three security personnel were killed on Tuesday when over 700 Maoist guerrillas in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region ambushed a 120-member contingent of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) by first bombing and then opening fire.

In what is one of the biggest Maoist attacks in the country, the guerrillas triggered multiple blasts and then fired indiscriminately at the CRPF team in the Chintalnar forested hamlet of Dantewada district, about 450 km south from here, in violence-hit Bastar.

More than two dozen personnel were injured.

According to Dantewarda Superintendent of Police Amaresh Mishra, the dead included 72 troopers from the 62nd battalion of the CRPF and one state police officer.

“A massive contingent of heavily armed Maoists ambushed a CRPF team in a hilly stretch. They first triggered blasts from all directions and followed by indiscriminate firing,” Vishwa Ranjan, director general of police, told IANS.

He said it seemed to be a meticulously planned attack. A chopper has been sent from Jagdalpur, headquarters of Bastar district, to move the injured troopers to hospital. A strong contingent of state police force has also been rushed to the site.

In New Delhi, a shocked Home Minister P. Chidambaram said the CPRF personnel massacred in Chhattisgarh seemed to have walked into a Maoist trap.

“Something has gone very wrong,” a sombre Chidambaram told reporters outside his office here. “They seem to have walked into a trap set by the Naxalites (Maoists). Casualties are very high. I am deeply shocked.”

“But this shows the savage nature of the CPI-Maoist, the brutality and savagery they are capable of. Senior officers have gone to the area. I await a report from them,” he said, referring to the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist

A counter terrorism expert posted in Dantewada disclosed on the condition of anonymity that the CRPF men had flouted guerilla warfare guidelines and rushed to an interior location to track down insurgents in a vehicle.

This, he said, was totally “disallowed” for search and combing operations in the vast interiors of the Maoist stronghold of Bastar which is riddled with landmines.

“There is a clear-cut instruction for paramilitary men as well as state police force to not use vehicles for any kind of offensive in forested interiors. They are to go only on foot and also not in groups but in two-three members squad. On Tuesday, the CRPF men grossly neglected warfare manuals and finally paid the price,” he said.

The attack has been seen as a retaliation to Chhattisgarh government’s famed anti-Maoist drive Operation Green Hunt, launched in July 2009 that has killed 90 Maoists till date.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, who convened an emergency meeting of senior officials, labelled it an act of “cowardice”. Home Minister Nankiram Kanwar said it was the result of “intelligence failure”.

Chhattisgarh’s mineral rich Bastar region spread out in about 40,000 sq km is made up of five districts – Bijapur, Kanker, Narayanpur, Bastar and Dantewada. It has witnessed a string of deadly attacks since year 2005 that have claimed over 1,600 lives.

Something must have gone drastically wrong, says Chidambaram

New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Tuesday that something must have gone “drastically” wrong in Chhattisgarh where a CRPF patrol during Operation Green Hunt came under naxal attack.

“The casualty is very high and I am deeply shocked at the loss of lives…This shows the savage nature of CPI(Maoist) and their brutality and the savagery they are capable of. Senior officials will be reaching their shortly,” he said.

“Government of Chattisgarh and CRPF together had planned this operation. They had mobilised both the state forces and the CRPF but something has gone drastically wrong. They seem to have walked into a trap set by naxalites,” he said.

Chidamabaram said he was very “sorry” for those who lost their lives in the attack.

In one of the biggest setbacks to ‘Operation Green Hunt’, at least 40 CRPF personnel, including a Deputy Commandant, were killed when Naxals ambushed them in the Mukrana forests of the Dantewada district in Chattisgarh today morning.


Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described the Maoists as the gravest threat to India’s internal security.

The rebels number between 6,000 and 8,000 hardcore fighters in nearly a third of the country’s 630 districts. Each year they extort more than $300 million from companies, the government says.

Tuesday’s attack echoed a similar ambush in February, when Maoists caught police offguard in a daylight attack on in the state of West Bengal, killing at least two dozen police.

Maoists have stepped up attacks in response to a police offensive that began late last year in several states, which Indian officials say has for the first time weakened the decades-old movement.

Maoists, who say they are fighting for the rights of poor farmers and landless laborers, are trying to expand their influence in east, central and southern India.

Thousands have been killed in the insurgency which began in the late 1960s.

On Sunday, rebels triggered a land mine blast that killed ten police in the mineral-rich eastern state of Orissa.

Following is the chronology of major recent Naxal attacks in the country

July 16, 2008: 21 policemen killed when a police van was blown up in a landmine blast in Malkangiri district of Orissa.

June 29: Maoists attack a boat on Balimela reservoir in Orissa carrying four anti-Naxalite police officials and 60 Greyhound commandos, killing 38 troops.

Oct 8, 2009: 17 policemen killed when Maoists ambushed them at Laheri police station in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra.

Sep 30: Naxalites set ablaze Gram Panchayat offices at Korchi and Belgaon in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra.

Sep 26: Naxals kill BJP MP from Balaghat Baliram Kashyap’s sons at Pairaguda village in Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh).

Sep 4: Naxals kill four villagers in a forest in Aaded village in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district.

Jul 31: A special police officer and another person killed by Naxals in Bijapur district.

July 27: Six persons killed when Naxals trigger a landmine blast at Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh.

July 23: A 40-year-old tribal killed by Naxalites at Ettapalli taluka in Gadchiroli district.

July 18: Naxalites kill a villager in Bastar and in a separate incident torch a vehicle engaged in road construction work in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh.

June 23: A group of motorcycle-borne armed Naxal rebels open fire on Lakhisarai district court premises in Bihar and free four of their comrades including the self-style Zonal Commander of Ranchi.

June 16: Maoists kill 11 police officers in a landmine attack followed by armed assault. In a separate attack, four policemen were killed and two others seriously injured when Maoists ambush them at Beherakhand in Palamau district.

June 13: Naxals launch two landmine and bomb attacks in a small town close to Bokaro, killing 10 policemen and injuring several others.

June 10: Nine policemen, including CRPF troops and officers, ambushed by Maoists during a routine patrol in Saranda jungles in Jharkhand.

May 22: Maoists kill 16 policemen in the jungles of Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra.

April 22: Maoists hijack a train with at least 300 people on board in Jharkhand and force it to Latehar district before fleeing.

April 13: 10 paramilitary troops killed in eastern Orissa when Maoists attack a bauxite mine in Koraput district.

Feb 15, 2010: 24 personnel of the Eastern Frontier Rifles (EFR) killed as Maoists attack their camp in Silda in West Midnapore district of West Bengal.

April 4, 2010: Maoists triggered a landmine blast killing 11 security personnel of the elite anti-naxal force Special Operations Group (SOG) in Koraput district of Orrisa.




  1. Great!Pakistan should help the Naxalites. Payback time for all the terror in Pakistan sponsored by RAW.

  2. HALF KNOWLEDGE IS MORE HAZARDOUS. P Chidambaram is the ” WORST ” Home Minister when it comes to Terrorism. The death of 73 Jawans is the direct result of Power Sharing in Govt without experience in a ” Particular Job ” to form Govt. India needs ” SMART & AGGRESSIVE ” Defense Minister to tackle Terrorism & not a Peace Keeper or Economist. India has more Home Grown ” TERRORISTS ” than any country in the world, but still under performing and not on Int Stage.

    • Dinesh beta teri ab khair nahee.Afsos hua parhkar ki sirf 75 mare Inshallah its a begining of an end and soon we will hear good news of maoists taking over India.Hopefully then pandit banya thakur nexus will end muslims and backward classes will get their due.

      • if maoist come to power they vl nuke u 🙂 .

  3. This news should hit the highest danger mark for indian nukes. It is time the world should reilise indian atomic bombs are in grave danger and time to counter indian threat to its naybouring countires.

    Maoists should get freedom from india. It is not valid to think indian hindoz can run a country taken from the Muslims in 1947.

    People of india are forced to live a life even an animal would not live; yet millions of human beings are forsed to live with no food, health, education or places to live other than the slums of india, where millions of occopied human are rotting away.

    When international community will reilise this and stop feeding billions to hindoz, who then make their armies and bombs with that begging money india makes. TIME TO RAISE YOUR VOICE AGAINST INDIAN TERRORISM AND OCCOPATIONS OF THE LANDS.

  4. India became an insurgency-stricken country soon after its independence from British rule in 1947. Brahmin Hindu’s greed forced it to occupy dozens of states in naked aggression against the will of the people of those states that did not want to be a part of the so-called Indian Union. The unfortunate people of those states could not then do much against Indian security forces and were forced into Indian annexation. Due to the widespread resentment against the imposed rule from New Delhe, pouplar movements, however, soon started showing the signs of life and quickly took deep roots in the local societies. Tamils, Naxalites, Maoists, and the people of the Northeast soon started their struggle to throw the reins of New Delhi’s rule away and have their own independent countries under their own control. The Brahmin rulers in New Delhi, however, emerged with firm control on these rebellious states. Any voice of dissent was crushed with the help of a powerful and well-disciplined British-trained army. Indians also exploited some weak points of these rebellious populations. Tamils, for example, were misguided and lead to path that brought a lot of death and destruction of Tamils themselves. Indians started training and equipping Tamil youth under the name of LTTE and started an insurgency in Sri Lanka with a demand for an independent Tamil country. Indians got double advantage of that strategy. The civil war in Sri Lanka diverted the attention and focus of Tamils who originally wanted to get Tamil Nadu state out of Indian Union.
    Brahmin would prefer to put others’ house on fire to save his own. Sri Lanka got embroiled in a painful and bloody civil war while Indians started exploiting the situation by dictating and controlling Sri Lanka’s foreign and security policies. New Delhi declared Sri Lanka as its strategic backyard and Sri Lankan government was told not to have relations with other countries without New Delhi’s prior approval.

    The illegal occupation of J&K by the Indian forces proved to be the first real challenge for the so-called Indian Union. Despite some setbacks, mainly due to the treachery of a few Kashmiri leaders, the valiant struggle of the people of J&K never ended. While a dozen or so other popular insurgencies in India were effectively controlled and subdued by the Indian military, J&K exploded in late 1980s. The people of J&K vehemently expressed their determination to break the unwanted Indian rule and illegal occupation of their state by the Indian forces. Sikhs, after tasting the real ugly nature of Brahmin Hindu, started their own struggle for Khalistan soon after that. While the Khalistan movement was crushed by Indian security forces by staging widespread cold-blooded murders of most of the Sikh youth in Indian Punjab, the people of J&K never showed any signs of losing their hope for Azadi from illegal Indian rule and giving up their freedom struggle.

    The deployment of Indian army and paramilitary forces to quell the freedom struggle in J&K over long periods of time started taking its toll on the moral and capabilities of Indian soldiers. The suicide rate among occupying Indian soldiers and incidents of shooting fellow soldiers and officers increased dramatically. All that resulted in the signs of buckling under pressure and desperation under unbearable heat that the Indian military forces were going through in occupied J&K.

    Naxalites are now showing a qualitative improvement in their fighting skills. In fact, Naxalites were kept deprived of any development in their areas. New Delhi seemed more interested in only using the vast natural and agriculture resources in their areas. The rulers in New Delhi never seemed interested in social or industrial development in those areas for the fear that well-off Naxalites might be more difficult to deal with. The result is a wide-spread and extreme poverty in their areas. In the past, these people were mostly illiterate and poorly equipped to fight against the Indian security forces. Their fighters are now showing a new resolve to get rid of the New Delhi’s rule. The insurgency seems to have very sound backing among the people and have all the qualities that a successful peoples’ movement needs to meet the success. All the best for the freedom movement of Naxalites.

    • And yet India’s record of DEmocracy lies unbroken.Its economy growing the fastest.

      YOu cliam vicious suppression by India in Kashmir and other places.

      But,Kashmir and others are still with us.

      If what you say is 100% true,then Kashmir should have been with Pakistan.
      No power can hold a people if the 100%want freedom.

      That is why it took ONLT two weeks to ccreate bangladesh.

      Pakistan genuinely repressed the East Pakistanis or Bengalis.

      In Kashmir and other place the issue is not that black and white.

      That is why Kashmir is still with India.

  5. wow zaid sir was right when said india will disintegrate, where is he do you guy know. No more programs on tv. and you guys are not posting updates about him. Zaid sir knows everything

    • @ Zaid Sir fan





  6. At least someone is accepting that india is the mother of all terrorism. InshaAllah soon we will see this terror network of the century tatter into pieces and it will rid the region from state terrorism of india.

    • Once you’ve finished smoking whatever it is that you have been smoking, wake up and smell the coffee.

      • All I can smell is the Bhang being smoked by the Indians…

  7. “What goes around comes around.”

  8. Is this Rising & shining India?? Now whoz training those maoists? Now who is a failed state? Whoz nuclear arsenals are in danger? Anyways Indian cant do anything with those maoists, I think We should send some Batallion of our army to fracture those Maoists , and ofcourse to capture INDIA !!!.. Pakistan Zindabad

  9. Atleast in India, we aren’t in denial.

    • @Amused what a joke dude you are actually in denial about the mother of all terrorist india. You should accept it that your country is a real terrorist like your mate accepted it and be amused because india is gonna be 20 pieces in 2012.

    • Amused,

      Good to know you are awake about upcoming break up of Indian Fedration. It won’t hurt to get the surprise in the future.

  10. IF Maoist come to power they vl nuke pakistan 🙂

    • @ indian wet dreamer

      Dream on indickn SALY JI. Maoists will seek to join the greater cause of Pakistan to finish off indickn terrorist hindoz in the region once and for all.:))

  11. Well, it seems for most Pakistanis being Pakistani equals being Anti-India… It’s such a pity that after more than 60 years of independence from the erstwhile colonial masters, we continue to be enslaved by our own hateful ideas…

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