Incident Summary:

06/19/2005: Near Kotrapal Village, Dantewara, Chhattisgarh, India, perpetrators attacked villagers with land mines, firearms, and bows and arrows, killing eight civilians and injuring approximately 100 more. The attack was staged against approximately 3000 villagers who were meeting to boycott the Communist Party of India - Maoist (CPI-M), who had just imposed a ban that was affecting tribal income. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but it was widely believed that the Communist Party of India - Maoist (CPI-M) was responsible.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Near Kotrapal Village, Dantewara, Chhattisgarh

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Indian Civilians
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Land Mine
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Weapon Details
The third type of weapon used in this incident were bows and arrows.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The attack was executed when the villagers were on their way home from boycotting mandates proposed by the Communist Party of India - Maoist (CPI-M)
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Communist Party of India - Maoist (CPI-Maoist) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 8 Fatalities / 100 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 8
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 100
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
National Counter Terrorism Center, 2005 Report on Terrorism