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Rebel Strike Brings Indian State to Standstill

Life ground to a near halt in large parts of India’s southern state of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday after a strike call by a Maoist group following the collapse of peace talks and a seven-month ceasefire. Streets were deserted as buses stayed off the road and schools and businesses were closed on fears of renewed attacks from Communist Party of India (Maoist) rebels who have been waging a low-intensity insurgency for more than three decades over the rights of peasants and landless labourers. “Schools have declared a holiday, government offices are running at 40 percent attendance and shops have closed down mostly in towns and villages,” said police official Swati Lakra. Cities were relatively unaffected by the strike but the closure was felt more in vast stretches of the countryside, particularly in 13 Maoist-dominated districts. Full Story

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