The Indian government is carrying out the forced transfer of hundreds of thousands of Naxalite refugees escaping from fighting. The claim is made by 'Human Rights Watch' (HRW), which has called on authorities in the State of Andhra Pradesh to stop the mass deportations of men, women and children who are seeking refuge from the violence in the nearby state of Chhattisgarh, where a conflict has been raging for many years between government troops and revolutionary communist guerrillas and since the beginning of the year has caused over two-hundred victims.
"The authorities are destroying shelters". According to the HRW, the latest operation carried out by military forces from Andhra Pradesh occurred on 5 April when men from the Forestry Department destroyed refugees’ houses in the village of Kothooru, forcing them to move elsewhere. Since January 2007, military forces have apparently carried out at least ten operations of this type. “Instead of offering them protection and assistance”, Meenakshi Ganguly, a HRW researcher explained, “the authorities are destroying their shelters and exposing them to all kinds of danger”.