RAIPUR, India (Reuters) - Hundreds of police and paramilitary forces raided a training camp of Maoists in Chhattisgarh and gunned down at least six rebels late on Wednesday, a senior police officer said.
The raid was carried out in a heavily forested area 500 km south of the state capital of Raipur, T.J. Longkumer told Reuters.
"At least six rebels were killed on the spot while three were arrested," he said.
The rebels had earlier killed a tribal man in the same district after accusing him of being a government sympathiser.
Chhattisgarh is the worst affected of 13 Indian states hit by a Maoist insurgency which began more than three decades ago as a fight for the rights of landless farmers and poor peasants.
There are no official figures of the number of people killed in the insurgency, but it is believed to run into thousands.