Maoists kill two Salwa Judum members

April 20th, 2008 - 11:37 pm ICT by admin  

Raipur, April 20 (IANS) In the continuing cycle of violence in Chhattisgarh, Maoist guerrillas hacked to death two members of Salwa Judum, an anti-Maoist civilian resistance movement backed by the government. “Armed leftist radicals, numbering about 20, picked up two tribal youths from a forested village, Gayatapara in Bijapur district, early Sunday and killed them with sharp-edged weapons,” Ankit Garg, district superintendent of police, told reporters here Sunday.

The deceased were Salwa Judum members and had settled in Gangloor relief camp. They had returned Saturday night to their village for personal work.

The government has set up 23 make-shift relief camps in Bijapur and neighbouring Dantewada districts where about 50,000 people, mostly tribals, are living due to threats from the Maoists.

The government, to counter the Maoists threat, launched the Salwa Judum movement in June 2005.

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