Indian police say suspected Maoist rebels have killed at least 75 paramilitary police in the deadliest insurgent attack on Indian government forces.
Officials say rebels attacked a patrol in Chattisgarh state early Tuesday. Reinforcement troops rushed to the scene of the ambush and were also attacked by the rebels.
The fighting continued for hours as rebels triggered landmine blasts and fired on the police from hilltop positions.
Home Minister P. Chidambaram said the attacks showed "the brutality and savagery" of the Maoist rebels.
Indian officials say the long-running Maoist insurgency, which has spread to 20 of the country's 28 states, is India's most serious domestic security issue. The rebels, also called Naxalites, are demanding land and jobs for the poor.
Paramashish Ghosh Roy, VOA correspondent from Kolkata has more on this.