On 5 September 2010, on Teacher's Day, Maoists beheaded a primary school teacher in West Bengal as little children watched. The terror on their faces and hearts would remain indelible for the rest of their lives. The Maoists reportedly suspected the school teacher of being a police informer.
The primary school has been closed since then and so are many schools in the Red Corridor due to the terror of the Maoists.
A newly Commissioned Army Officer, was stopped from coming home in Manipur by his proud father because he felt that his son's life was in danger because he had chosen to join the Indian Army.
Terror in Manipur and Nagaland has driven youth to violence and drugs. Many of them have been hit by HIV. A sizeable section of Manipuri students outside the state are meeting their educational expenses by smuggling drugs.
Image: Soldiers rest on a milestone as they proceed towards Lalgarh in Midnapore district, some 200 kms west of Kolkata, on June 19, 2009. Soldiers moved in to crush an uprising by Maoists. Picture copyright AFP. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.
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