Maoist conflict simmers on in India

Indian soldiers on patrol in a forest in eastern Jharkhand state amid operations against Maoist rebels. The insurgency has killed more in the past decade than any other conflict in the country.
Indian soldiers on patrol in a forest in eastern Jharkhand state amid operations against Maoist rebels. The insurgency has killed more in the past decade than any other conflict in the country.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Insurgency that says it defends tribals' rights draws on Mao Zedong's guerilla war tactics

They were headed to a wedding in a village. On their way, the group of Maoists stopped for breakfast along the bank of the Indravati River that flows southward, forming a natural boundary between the central Indian states of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.

This densely forested and beautiful regionis ground zero of India's Maoist problem, which returned to the front pages of newspapers in April after a large group of Maoists were killed by the police.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 02, 2018, with the headline 'Maoist conflict simmers on in India'. Print Edition | Subscribe