Maoist rebels in India kill police driver in gun battle

India’s Maoist rebels kill police driver and injure officer in gun battle

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Indian police officer during operation

Armed clashes with left-wing guerrillas in India’s Jharkhand state left a police driver and suspected Maoist rebel commander dead, and a high-ranking police officer injured on Tuesday.

The clash took place after rebels armed with rifles attacked a police vehicle, injuring the officer and another policeman, and killing their driver.

The attacked high-ranking police officer was leading an anti-Maoist operation against the rebels in the region.

“...One police driver has succumbed to bullet injury. One Naxal (Maoist) commander Chandan ji has also been killed,” said the region’s police chief.

The Maoist insurgency in India has claimed tens of thousands of lives since it began its decades-long battle in a bid to overthrow the government. The group claims to be defending the rights of poor tribal minorities and peasants.

The Indian government describes the Maoist rebels as the country’s biggest internal threat.

TRTWorld and agencies