37 Maoist guerrillas killed in jungle raids

New Delhi: Police said on Tuesday that dozens of Maoist guerrillas had been killed in jungle raids in remote interior by commandos fighting the country’s longest-running conflict.
Ambushes on rebel camps over the past two days in forest deep inside the western state of Maharashtra have left at least 37 fighters dead, police said.
In the latest raid six guerrillas, including four women, were killed in a shootout late on Monday in Gadchiroli district, Maharashtra state’s head of anti-Maoist operations Sharad Shelar said.
Police also seized weapons and ammunition from the encampment, roughly 900 kilometres east of the state capital Mumbai, he added.
On Sunday special commandos had surrounded a rebel camp in forests within the same district and fought approximately 100 guerillas, police said.
Sixteen bodies were recovered from the scene, but police later pulled another 15 corpses from the nearby Indravati River of fighters they said had drowned or succumbed to injuries.
Many of the slain rebels were women, police said.
Thousands of armed men and women — also known as Naxals — claim to be fighting for the rights of the indigenous tribal people, including the right to land, resources and jobs. — AFP