Maoists attack bus in Dantewada: 40 persons dead

Maoists attack bus in Dantewada: 40 persons dead
# 17 May 2010 17:40 (UTC +04:00)
Baku – APA. Maoists on Monday blew up a bus killing at least 40 persons, including several Special Police Officers (SPOs), in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh, in the second brazen attack in little over a month, APA reports quoting “The Times of India”.

The Maoist attacked the bus carrying passengers from Gadiras to Bhusaras in Dantewada district, nearly 400 kms from here, using Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at around 16:45 hrs, officials said. The SPOs, who are civilians assisting police in fighting the Naxals, were attached to Dantewada police.

The IED was planted on a metal road and detonated by the Maoists using remote control device. An MHA spokesman said there were no CRPF personnel in the bus. Union Home Ministry condemned the attack and said most of the killed were civilians.

The attack came a day before the Maoists’ call for a 48-hour bandh in five states, including Chhattisgarh, from tomorrow in protest against the security operations launched against them by the Centre.

BJP, which is in power in Chhattisgarh, strongly condemned the attack and demanded that the menace of Naxalism should be fought with full strength.

"This is a barbaric attack and BJP strongly condemns it. The government should further strengthen its resources to fight Naxalism. This menace has to be fought with full strength and vigour," BJP spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain said.

The main opposition stands in full support of the government in all steps it takes to fight Maoist terror, he said.
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