NEW DELHI, May 25 (Xinhua) -- A court in the eastern Indian state of Bihar Thursday sentenced to death five left-wing Naxalite rebels for killing two security forces personnel and injuring some 10 others in an ambush during the 2014 general elections.
Additional district and sessions judge of Bihar's Munger district Jyoti Swarup Shrivastava handed down the sentences to the five Naxalites and also slapped a fine of 50,000 rupees (700 U.S. dollars) on each of them.
The five were part of a group of armed Naxalites who had in 2014 laid an ambush on a patrolling party of the para-military Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) near Sawa Lakh Baba area on Gangta-Jamui Road in Munger district.
The Naxalites fired indiscriminately at the security forces and also triggered a landmine blast in which two CRPF personnel were killed and 10 soldiers sustained injuries.
The court's verdict came a month after some 300 armed Naxalite rebels killed 25 CRPF soldiers in an ambush on them near Kala Pathar in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh's Sukma district and fled with all their arms and ammunition.
Initially, the Naxalite movement had its center in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal. Later it spread into less-developed areas of rural southern and eastern India.
The Naxalites claim that they are fighting for greater rights for tribal people and the rural poor. Today, the Naxalites are active in more than one-third of India's 600-plus administrative districts. They routinely target Indian security forces.