Police killed in India blast

Suspected landmine explosion kills 12 policemen returning from a rouitne patrol.

    The government has refused to talk to the rebels unless they renounce violence [EPA]

     

     

    The explosion occurred near Puridih Dam, 240km from the Jharkhand state capital Ranchi.

     

    Jharkhand is a known hotbed of the Maoist insurgency which grew out of a peasant uprising in 1967.

     

    'Security threat'

      

    The Maoist fighters are active in over half of India's 29 states and use a heavily forested region in the state of Chhattisgarh as their headquarters.

      

    Manmohan Singh, the Indian prime minister, has described the Maoists as the biggest threat to India's internal security.

      

    At least 834 people were killed in Maoist-related violence nationwide last year.

     

    New Delhi has refused to hold peace talks with the Maoists unless they renounce violence.

      

    Analysts say the government needs to focus on improving living conditions in India's impoverished hinterland as part of its strategy to combat the rebels.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Meet the deported nurse aiding asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

    Meet the deported nurse helping refugees at the border

    Francisco 'Panchito' Olachea drives a beat-up ambulance around Nogales, taking care of those trying to get to the US.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.