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Maoists spread fear as Andhra ceasefire collapses

Dozens of government officials and politicians have fled Maoist strongholds in southern India, fearing renewed rebel attacks after the collapse of peace talks and a seven-month ceasefire, officials said. Rebels from the People’s War Group (PWG), which has been locked in a low-intensity insurgency for more than three decades over the rights of peasants and landless labourers, called off talks with the Andhra Pradesh government this week. The collapse of talks came after nine rebels were killed in clashes with the police at the weekend. Rebels say that was a violation of a seven-month-old ceasefire, although the government says it was only conducting normal police operations. Full Story

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