Pakur SP Amarjit Balihar, several other cops killed in Maoist attack in Jharkhand

The Maoists, who say they are fighting for the rights of the poor and landless and want to overthrow the government, have stepped up attacks in recent months.

Superintendent of Police of Pakur district, Amarjit Balihar killed in a Maoist attack in Jharkhand. Several other police officials were also feared killed or injured in the attack.

Police said the Maoists fired on the convoy of Pakur Superintendent of Police Amarjit Balihar when he was returning from a meeting held at Dumka.

According to reports, the superindentent of police was among five police officials killed the attack.

The Maoists, who say they are fighting for the rights of the poor and landless and want to overthrow the government, have stepped up attacks in recent months.

In May, the Maoist rebels ambushed a convoy of Congress leaders and workers in Chhattisgarh, killing at least 27 people. Former Union minister VC Shukla was injured in the attack and died of his wounds later.

In 2010, the Maoists were blamed for sabotaging a crowded high-speed train in West Bengal, killing scores of passengers and injuring at least 200 people.

The rebels, also known as Naxals, have fought for decades in a wide swathe of central and eastern India, including many resource-rich regions where tensions run high between poor farmers and industrial developers.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described the Maoist insurgency as India's biggest internal security challenge.

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