Incident Summary:

03/15/2007: Fifty five police officers were killed and another twelve wounded when Maoist rebels / Naxalites surrounded and attacked a police post with rifles, hand grenades and homemade gasoline bombs in Rani Bodli,Chhattisgarh in India. The victims were part of an anti-Maoist counterinsurgency force made up of armed villagers known as the Salwa Judum. The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Anti-Maoist counterinsurgency force
Specific Description Salwa Judum
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Grenade
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Naxalites Unknown
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 55 Fatalities / 12 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 55
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 12
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"55 police officers killed in rebel attack in eastern India," The Associated Press, March 16, 2007.
Sengputa, Somini, "India Maoists Kill 49 in Raid On Police Post," The New York Times, March 16, 2007.
"Maoist rebels attack Delhi police station, kill 49 officers," Chattanooga Times Free Press, March 16, 2007.