Police say Maoist rebels have shot and killed three villagers in eastern India.
Bihar state police chief Neelmani, who uses only one name, said more than 100 rebels attacked Banda village 112 miles (180 kilometers) west of state capital Patna on Saturday night.
Neelmani said the slain villagers were opposed to the rebels. Few other details were immediately available.
Police have launched a massive operation to hunt down the attackers.
The guerrillas, inspired by Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, have been fighting the government for more than four decades, demanding land and jobs for the poor.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called the rebels the biggest internal threat to India's security.