India's Secret War

Photograph for TIME by Adam Ferguson

Armed and Dangerous
Maoist Naxalite rebels go through training exercises in the woods of Chhattisgarh, a central Indian state at the heart of the insurgency

The news came crackling over the radio, the voice fading in and out as the sound waves bounced through the wooded hills and valleys of central India to the camp where the militants — and a TIME photographer and myself — lay down to sleep. Earlier that day in May, a raiding gang of some 300 Maoist insurgents had attacked a plant belonging to Indian steel giant Essar, the radio news program declared. More than 50 trucks and pieces of heavy machinery had been destroyed. The commander of the unit in the camp that night, Deva, a boyish-looking man...

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