Sunday, March 7, 2010

'Maoists intend to overthrow Indian govt. by 2050'


An Indian minister has warned that Maoist rebels are planning to topple the New Delhi government by 2050.

Indian Home Secretary G.K. Pillai says security forces are facing a long-term conflict with the rebels.

“We have a long, bloody war ahead,” Pillai told a seminar in New Delhi.

He noted that at least 908 people died in Maoist attacks in 2009.

“It’s quite likely violence will go up in 2010 or 2011,” Pillai said.

In response to the minister’s remarks, Maoist leader Koteswar Rao said they would achieve victory long before that date.

“We will overthrow the Indian government much before 2050,” Rao told the Press Trust of India late on Saturday.

The Maoists have spread into less developed areas of rural central and eastern India.

There are thought to be between 10,000 and 20,000 armed Maoist rebels in India, active in 13 of India’s 29 states and backed by hundreds of thousands of supporters.

Thousands of people have been killed since the Maoist rebellion began in the late 1960s.


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