Maoist rebels kill 6 in restive eastern India

December 17, 2010 13:37

CALCUTTA, India — Maoist rebels shot and killed at least six people Friday in restive eastern India, accusing them of being police informants, police said.

The guerrillas dragged the villagers from their homes and killed them in Bagbinda, a village 170 miles (270 kilometers) northwest of Calcutta, the capital of West Bengal state, said Sunil Kumar Chowdhury, a superintendent of police.

The gunmen abducted a seventh person and then fled, he said.

The guerrillas, inspired by Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, have been fighting the government in eastern India for more than four decades, demanding land and jobs for the poor. Their presence has spread as they have tapped into anger among the rural poor left out of India's economic gains.

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