29 killed, 80 injured in Chhattisgarh naxal attack

29 killed, 80 injured in Chhattisgarh naxal attack
Raipur, Jul 17 (PTI) At least 29 people were killed and 80 injured, 30 of them seriously, while about 250 people went missing when some 800 armed naxalites attacked a relief camp in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh today, police said.

"Twenty-nine people are killed, 80 injured, 30 of them seriously and 250 are missing from the Errabore relief camp, 550 km from the state capital, where 4,000 villagers were staying, after about 800 armed naxalites attacked the camp along with a CRPF base at about one am today at the same place, police sources from Bastar told PTI by phone.

The naxalites triggered blasts and indiscriminately fired at the camp, the sources said.

Three villagers were burnt to death and others were killed either by sharp-edged weapons or bullet injuries, they said.

Of the missing 250 people, 23, including a women Special Police Officer, were kidnapped by the naxalites and a search was on in that area to trace them, the sources said.

Chief Minister Raman Singh condemned the incident but admitted that there was lacuna in providing security to the people at the relief camp because of which such incident took place. He promised to take action against the officials responsible for the lapse.

The relief camp housed people who have been targetted by naxalites for taking part in a peace campaign against the ultras.

"But there is no question of winding up of the Salwa Judum, or peace campaign, against the naxalites because of today's incident," Singh told reporters at the airport here after cutting short his visit to Kolkata.

Singh said he had a discussion with Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil and a military helicopter will land here tomorrow for evacuating the injured.

The Chief Minister said four naxalites were killed in retalitatory fire by police and their bodies were dragged away by their colleagues.

After the peace campaign against the naxalites on June four last, over 300 people were abducted by the Maoists and about 50,000 people from about 700 villages have taken shelter in relief camps in Dantewada district.

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