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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Train wreck blamed on Indian Maoists—CPI-Maoists deny taking part

This week a massive train derailment that has killed 100 people has been blamed by the Indian government on Maoist Rebels of the Communist Party of India – Maoist.
From the beginning of this incident it seemed unlikely that the CPI-Maoist would have intentionally caused this wreck. The people killed were passengers and non-combatants. There is no political or military advantage to killing such a large number of innocent people. This is not the kind of tactics the Maoists normally use. It is no surprise that the Indian Government is using this incident as an excuse to escalate the fighting in what they are calling Operation Green Hunt. Lying and deception are just a part of the counter insurgency tactics we can expect from India’s government. -សតិវ អតុ

From the BBC:

More than 100 people are now known to have been killed in a train crash in eastern India.
At least 145 people were injured - many critically - when two trains collided overnight in West Bengal.
Police said Maoist rebels sabotaged the track causing the Calcutta-Mumbai passenger train to derail, throwing five of its carriages into the path of an oncoming goods train.
But a spokesman for the Maoist rebels called the BBC to deny any involvement.
A railway spokesman said 78 bodies had been recovered, but that more than 30 remained trapped in three carriages that were crushed by the freight train.
Officials said rescue workers were still working to free survivors from the wreckage in the Jhargram area of West Midnapore, about 150km (90 miles) west of Calcutta.
The area is known to be a stronghold of Maoist rebels.
Maoist claim
The state police chief, Bhupinder Singh, said a 46cm (1.5ft) portion of the train track was missing.
He said posters from a local group believed to have close ties to the Maoists were found at the scene, claiming it had carried out the attack.
But Maoist spokesman Comrade Khokan spoke to the BBC by telephone to deny any involvement. He said the government "put the blame on us and put us on the defensive".

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