India's left-wing rebels Friday torched five trucks apparently to avenge the death of their 15 fellow Naxalites by security forces in the central state of Chhattisgarh on Monday, police said.
The incident took place in the district of Dantewada early this morning.
"A group of armed Naxals reached near the office of Truck Owners' Association in Bacheli town, where several trucks were parked, in the wee hours. They burnt five of the empty trucks," local police official G. Baghel told the media.
Chhattisgarh is often hit by Naxalite violence.
The rebels say they are fighting for land rights for tribal people and the rural poor. Their insurgency began in the eastern state of West Bengal in late 1960s, spreading to more than one-third of India's 600-plus administrative districts.
Though major offensives by security forces in recent years have pushed the rebels back to their forest strongholds and the levels of violence have fallen, hit-and-run attacks are still common.
(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)