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The Bomb That Blew On Their Face

The Bomb That Blew On Their Face
The Bomb That Blew On Their Face
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The tribals of Warangal once again found themselves caught in the crossfire of the resumed battle between the Naxalites and the police. A devastating landmine allegedly triggered by the People’s War Group (PWG) completely destroyed a road transport corporation bus and left at least 14 people dead and another 17 injured. The blast, a public-relations disaster for the Naxals, has also raised awkward questions for the cops.

The PWG probably blew up the bus to avenge the killing of five of their comrades in an encounter with the police in the same area, a day before. rtc buses, including the one that was blown up, were being used to ferry cops involved in the operation in and out of the forest. The Naxals mistakenly blew up the bus thinking that they were targeting the police. However, there were only local villagers on board.

The blast might have proven to be a backhanded coup for the cops, but it has also raised disturbing questions about their use of locals as human shields to travel into...

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