India's Maoists far from a spent force By Sujoy Dhar
NEW DELHI - They chopped down trees and used them to barricade the road, then retreated into the dense forests of the remote Sukma district, located in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, to await their quarry.
When the convoy bearing leaders of India's ruling Congress Party finally came chugging along the road, the rebels activated a landmine that sent cars and people flying in all directions.
Not content to trust the force of the explosion, male and female cadres reportedly belonging to Maoist guerilla groups emerged
from the trees and used AK-47s to gun down 24 people who comprise the "top brass" of the Party's Chhattisgarh leadership.
In doing so the rebels sent a clear message to this country of 1.2 billion people on May 26: the Maoists rebels, thought to number some 22,000, are far from being a spent force. READ MORE