Naxals identify 27 of their slain comrades

We have the capacity to regroup and strike back, it says

Telangana State Committee member of the CPI(Maoist), Jagan, has identified 27 of the 30 rebels killed.

In a letter, Jagan claimed that it was an entirely covert operation and 11 of the Maoists were rounded up alive with injuries and shot dead after they were tortured for information.

Jagan claimed that the encounter was part of a gameplan of the BJP-led Central government and the A.P. and Odisha governments to stifle the adivasis’ resistance against bauxite mining. “The encounter was planned to scare us and the tribals so that the mining can be taken up without any protest,” he said.

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