C'garh, M'rashtra districts top in Maoist incidents

C'garh, M'rashtra districts top in Maoist incidents

Bijapur, Sukma, Gadchiroli topped last year too

Bijapur and Sukma in Chhattisgarh and Gadchiroli in Maharashtra are the three districts where the highest number of incidents of Maoist violence took place this year, the Union Home Ministry has said.

Between January 1 and June 30, the country witnessed 597 incidents of Maoist-related violence, in which 179 people were killed. Last year, there were a total of 1,136 such incidents, in which 397 people had been killed.

The Bijapur district has seen 50 Maoist-related incidents this year, in which 23 people have been killed, while Sukma has seen 47 such incidents, in which 24 died, according to a reply to a question furnished by the Union Home Ministry in Lok Sabha last week.

There have been 42 such incidents in Gadchiroli, wherein 22 have lost their lives.

Last year, too,  Sukma, Bijapur and Gadchiroli were in top-three district when it came to Maoist-related violence. Sukma had the highest number of incidents at 83 (leading to 19 deaths), followed by Bijapur (76 incidents, 25 deaths). While the Gadchiroli district had 68 incidents that killed 18 people, Dantewada had recorded 60 such incidents, leading to 10 deaths.

Karnataka, which has not seen a single Maoist-related incident this year, had seen four last year. Three incidents of them were reported from Chikmagalur, while one was reported from the Dakshina Kannada district.

Among the 24 outfits identified as Maoist parties, the Home Ministry said the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) is operating in Karnataka. Other than the CPI-Maoist, other such parties identified by the government include the CPML-Jana Shakti (Kura Rajanna) in Andhra Pradesh, CPML-Shanti Pal in Andhra Pradesh and Bihar, CPML-Praja, People' s Liberation Front of India in Jharkhand, and the Communist League of India in Uttarakhand.

The Home Ministry also said two development schemes—Additional Central Assistance (ACA) and Road Requirement Plan (RRP)—that focus specifically on Maoist-infested districts are being implemented.

The ACA scheme now covers 76 Maoist-affected districts. The fund allocation per district per year is Rs 300 crore.

“Under the scheme, 1.07 lakh projects, out of the 1.37 lakh taken up, have been completed so far,” said Minister of State for Home Kiran Rijiju in Lok Sabha.

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