New Delhi: Maoists on Tuesday morning claimed responsibility for the May 25 attack in Chhattisgarh in which 27 people including state Congress chief Nand Kumar Patel and veteran leader Mahendra Karma were killed, according to a TV report.
Maoists have said in a note that the act was a revenge for the "atrocities done by the Salwa Judum".
In a statement sent by, Gudsa Usendi, spokesperson for the Dandakaranya, reportedly said that People's Liberation Guerrilla Army or PLGA detachment carried out the attack on the convoy.
He also alleged that both ruling BJP and opposition Congress in the state are equally responsible for anti-people policies.
"That is why senior functionaries of Congress were targetted," the note says.
Heavily armed Maoists ambushed a convoy of Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district on Saturday, killing 27 people including state Congress chief Nand Kumar Patel, senior leader Mahendra Karma and ex-MLA Uday Mudliyar besides leaving 36 others injured including former Union minister VC Shukla.
In wake of the deadly Maoist attack on the Congress Parivartan rally in Chhattishgarh, more than 1,000 security personnel have been pumped into the jungles of the naxal-infested Bastar region for a major offensive against the ultras.
"Over thousand security men are on a combing operation in the region (Bastar) after the attack on Congress leaders," Director General of Police Ramniwas said on Monday.
DGP Ramniwas said they have received a tip-off about the cadres who orchestrated the attack and assured early action.
"We have got input about the naxal leaders, who were involved in the attack and efforts are on to nab them," he said.