Police say religious riots killed atleast 32 in Muzaffarnagar

Muzaffarnagar, Sep 10 (ANI): Police said on Tuesday that at least 32 people were killed in religious riots in Uttar Pradesh that forced hundreds to flee their homes, a sign of rising tension between two communities ahead of a general election due by May. Police also evacuated villagers in the troubled areas. Some locals, fearful after attackers beat children and burned property, hid in fields and police stations, or fled in ox carts and tractors. Additional Director General of Police (law and order), Arun Kumar, said that around 160 people were arrested. Kumar also said that the situation was under control as the army and police personnel were on alert. Sep 10, 2013

Police say nine Maoists surrender in Malkangiri

Malkangiri, Sep 10 (ANI): Perturbed and frustrated due to the atrocities committed by their leaders, nine Maoists including three woman cadres surrendered before the Odisha Police. The woman cadres were identified as Kumari, Anita, and Susila who were involved in several violent activities. A Maoist, Dashu Khillo, who surrendered, said that they wanted to join the mainstream as their life was always under threat. Disillusioned by their violent ideology and unable to cope up with the pressure exerted by their senior leaders, more and more naxals are surrendering to avoid further exploitation. The frequent surrenders show that despite their militant tactics, Maoists are starting to lose their hold in the remote cut off areas. Sep 10, 2013