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Maoist rebels in India, part 2

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Remains of a troop transport vehicle in the Palamau district, India
Remains of a troop transport vehicle in the Palamau district, India STR DEL/AFP

Bastar, a region in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh is one of the strongholds of Maoist rebels fighting the Indian government. The rebel army is made up of people from impoverished indigenous communities.

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But instead of addressing their grievances through political dialogue, the Indian government is reportedly recruiting poor young men from other regions to fight them.

Many rights defenders have been caught in the crossfire between the state and the Maoists, maintaining that the state has become a very dangerous place for those who question the government.

In the second and last part of this series, our correspondent Murali Krishnan examines this conflict.

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