Maoist attack on troops in Chhattisgarh kicks up fears for India’s LS polls Apr 05, 2019 0 426 12345 AFPNew DelhiMaoist rebels on Thursday ambushed an Indian military patrol and killed four soldiers in a jolt to security ahead of a national election starting next month, officials said.Indian authorities also faced protests over the closure of a major highway in restive Kashmir state for two days a week during voting so it can be used for military convoys.Border Security Force troops were on a foot patrol in a remote forested district of Chhattisgarh state when attacked. Six BSF troops were also wounded.State police chief, DM Awasthi, who gave the toll, told AFP the wounded soldiers have been evacuated from Kanker district. Indian forces have been fighting Maoists for decades in the mineral-rich central state, which will vote on April 11, the first day of the multi-stage nationwide election which will only finish on May 19.The rebels often call for a boycott of elections as part of their campaign against the Indian state. The Maoists are believed to be present in at least 20 other Indian states but most active in Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand and Maharashtra. Their insurgency has left tens of thousands dead. Tens of thousands have also been killed in the past three decades in Kashmir where Indian authorities have ordered the main Udhampur to Baramulla highway -- a 300-kilometre (185-mile) lifeline from the Kashmir valley to the rest of India -- on Wednesdays and Sundays to prevent suicide attacks.India has stepped up security on its side of divided Kashmir, which is also claimed by Pakistan, since a February suicide bomb attack on a convoy which killed at least 40 paramilitaries.India blamed Pakistan for the attack and the two sides, who have fought over Kashmir since independence in 1947, were briefly on the verge of war. The road closure order issued late Wednesday sparked angry protests from politicians, businesses and residents in the Muslim-majority region. RELATED ARTICLES Rahul files nomination from Kerala, Cong vows to sweep polls in state Apr 05, 2019 0 1285 Massive rise in mental health awareness in India, says report Apr 05, 2019 0 408 Kerala student set ablaze, dies Apr 05, 2019 0 425 ED grills bizman in AgustaWestland chopper scandal New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday questioned businessman Ratul Puri in the national capital in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal scam, the agency said. The questioning is going .. Fake accounts spreading political bias on Facebook and WhatsApp IANS New Delhi Barely a week away from when the world’s largest democracy goes to the polls, the fake news factories on Facebook and its owned WhatsApp have become active like never before as the social media giant .. Two IAF officers killed in Pulwama road accident IANS Srinagar Two Indian Air Force (IAF) officers were killed and two other officers were injured on Thursday in a road accident in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said. According to .. Singapore seizes record shipment of pangolin scales Singapore: Singaporean authorities made a record seizure of nearly 13 tonnes of pangolin scales worth some $38.7 million, officials said on Thursday, calling it the largest such haul globally in recent years. .. Congo arrests leader wanted over mass rapes Reuters KINSHASA A Congolese rebel leader accused of orchestrating mass rapes and other atrocities has been caught, Democratic Republic of Congo’s army said on Thursday. Masudi Alimasi Kokodiko, leader of the widely ..