Police in India Kill 24 Maoist Rebels
according to rapporteur report from Nytimes, link ,Mitrabhanu Mahapatra, the chief of police in the Malkangiri district of the state of Odisha, said that the rebels had gathered for “some kind of training” during the early morning hours when the police challenged them, and that the gun battle went on for about 90 minutes. A police commando from the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh was killed, he said, and another police officer was wounded.
Mr. Mahapatra added that two senior commanders and several lower-ranking commanders in the insurgent forces had been killed.
Maoist rebels in the area are waging an armed struggle with the aim of establishing communist rule and securing greater rights for tribal people and the poor.
The battle took place on the border between the states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, and police officers from both states took part, Mr. Mahapatra said. The road network in the area is poor, and the district headquarters is 50 miles away, delaying the identification of the bodies.
Varavara Rao, a writer and political activist sympathetic to the rebel cause, dismissed the official version of events, saying he believed that the gun battle was staged.
“The police went there to kill these people,” he said. “The police themselves said they were in a meeting.”