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12 killed in attack during India's elections



PATNA, India (AP) - Indian Maoist rebels killed 12 people in two separate attacks in the central state of Chhattisgarh on Saturday as they continue a campaign of violence aimed at disrupting a five-week national election.

Five election officials and two bus drivers were killed in a land mine blast while traveling from Kutru to Bijapur before planned balloting there next week, said the police director general, A.N. Upadhyay. Four people were injured and being treated in a hospital, he said.

In another attack Saturday, the rebels killed five paramilitary soldiers in an ambush on their vehicle in the remote Darbha Forest in the south of the state.

The rebels, who say they are inspired by Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, have been fighting for more than three decades for a greater share of wealth from the area's natural resources and more jobs for the poor.

Typically they target government and law enforcement officials in hit-and-run ambushes before disappearing into remote and poorly surveyed jungles within a wide swath of central India. Though they have a presence in 20 of India's 28 states, they are most active from their strongholds in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.

Thousands have died on both sides in the conflict. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called them India's greatest internal security threat, though none of India's major political parties has said much about the rebel threat during this year's election campaign.

The multiphase election runs for five weeks and ends May 12, with results for the 543-seat lower house of Parliament announced May 16. The main Hindu opposition Bharatiya Janata Party has strong momentum on promises of a surge in economic growth, and is threatening to unseat the governing Congress Party after 10 years in power.

Vowing to prevent the rebels from disrupting the vote, the government has deployed tens of thousands of police and paramilitary soldiers to guard polling booths in insurgency-wracked areas. But the rebels have only stepped up their attacks while also asking citizens to boycott the vote.

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no7mk1 April 13 2014 at 2:47 AM

...and our entire country was killed at our last election....

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rajnikantmehta April 12 2014 at 10:21 AM

I do not understand how you say Bharatiya Janta Party is a Hindu Party. It is supported by all Indians by religion, cast and creed. You need to understand the ground reality that it is not only Hindu party.

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vtmichaelb April 12 2014 at 10:08 AM

All these folks are holding "voter ID's", in Afghanistan 8 million folks voted with "ID's". But here in the U.S. ID requirement is anti American? Illegal? Immoral? Unnecessary? Discriminatory? None of these are my words, they are words used by anti voter registration parties.
Think about it for a minute, we need ID to drive a car, buy alcohol, tobacco, go to high school, college, get a job(actually 2 forms of ID minimum). Get into most any major company's workplace, buy a hunting or fishing license, Get a major credit card,buy a car, buy a house, get married, get health insurance, travel in and out of the U.S., buy an airline ticket, board a plane, pick up your prescriptions, present to police when stopped, and on and on. And yet when asked to present an ID to register to vote and actually vote it's a human rights violation? SERIOUSLY?
Ask yourself this, "how many people do you know who actually do not have an ID of some form"? And yet somehow those who support voter ID laws are the one who are UN-American? Monsters? Again, SERIOUSLY? I say, "if you want to have a say in American politics should you at least BE a registered American citizen"? And if you don't have a photo ID," how the heck to you function in American society"?

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sstuczynsk April 12 2014 at 10:03 AM

Are these people shoing ID cards in order to vote? That does not happen in the USA. For some reason Democrats fight not to have to show ID when you vote. I wonder why?

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bryanmerrittper2 April 12 2014 at 9:52 AM

Well if you can't win the hearts and minds of the people, just blow them up. That will really make them love you.

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photocountry April 12 2014 at 9:26 AM

People in the U.S.A. should be ashamed of them selfs for not getting out to vote!

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ace photocountry April 12 2014 at 10:17 AM

Don't you mean "Themselves"

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Sean April 13 2014 at 12:48 AM

ID's. how interesting.

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hmadden April 13 2014 at 2:02 AM

Just like the Taliban, and other "rebel" groups, they feel that the best way to win the "minds and hearts" of the population is to open their skulls and chest cavities with high explosives. Lovely people.

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cbcmkting April 12 2014 at 8:51 AM

Kill innocents is fighting a War? Terrorists are terrorists and need to be eradicated!

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TOM April 12 2014 at 8:37 AM

THESE POOR PEOPLE OF INDIA HAVE NO PROBLEM HOLDING UP ( AND APPARENTELY OBTAINING) THIER VOTER ID CARDS. BUT SHARTON AND THE BOYS THINKS ITS DISCRIMATION FOR STATES TO REQUIRE VOTER ID CARDS. WHAT GIVES?? DO ASTUTE PEOPLE ACTUALLY BEIEFE THE SO CALLED REV AL ( DEVIL AL WOULD BE MORE APPROS) FREE AT LAST

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cayce58 TOM April 12 2014 at 9:02 AM

Oh puhhhhleeeze..... I'm a Pa. Republican and our Attorney General actually said to a newsman that the purpose of voter ID cards was to suppress Democratic voting.

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timalways TOM April 12 2014 at 9:59 AM

Ohio and Florida has shortened voting hours. Another fact free comment from you.

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