India has new battle zone, deadlier than Kashmir

Sujeet Kumar (IANS)

Dantewada (Chhattisgarh), March 19, 2006

A vast thickly forested area in the heart of India has become the country's bloodiest war zone, with hundreds of security personnel pitted against Maoist guerrillas and impoverished tribespersons caught in between.

Chhattisgarh politicians and officials say that some 45,000 tribal people, assisted by paramilitary troops and police, have taken on the Maoists in the 10,238 sq km territory in Dantewada district in this central Indian state.,000900030012.htm