More Maoists killed than forces in 2015

More Maoists killed than forces in 2015
For the first time in six years, security personnel have killed more Maoists than the number they lost in gunbattles in operations last year.

This may not be the reason for cheer as there is only a very miniscule decrease in the number of incidents related to Maoist violence – from 1091 in 2014 to 1088 in 2015.

One of the worrying signs could be Chhattisgarh as it has shown a 41 per cent increase in the number of Maoist-related incidents in the state from 378 in 2014 to 466 last year. Andhra Pradesh also saw a rise in Maoist incidents – from 18 to 35 while all other states, including Jharkhand reported the highest incidents in 2014, recorded a decline.

Officials said the increase in numbers in Chhattisgarh has resulted in keeping the country’s yearly figure almost similar to that of last year. However, security establishment is upbeat. But they do not claim that the Maoists have been routed.

Security forces lost 58 personnel last year in gunbattles as against Maoists’ 89, a reversal of trend that is seen among security circles as a positive, according to an analysis by the Union Home Ministry. Since 2010, the Maoists always had an upper hand in casualties with more security forces losing more personnel.

One of the reasons could be the increase in number of encounters with the Maoists. While there were 221 gunbattles in 2014, it rose to 247 and increasing trend is there since 2012. At the same time, the attacks on police have decreased to 118 from 155. While it was 172 Maoists killed in 2010, the toll on security forces side was 285.

In 2014, 88 security personnel were killed as against 63 Maoists. The security establishment is also happy that the civilian casualty has gone down to 168 from 222.

However, the number of police informers killed remained almost same – 91 in 2014 and 92 in 2015. Intelligence agencies have also collected details of 18 training camps conducted by the Maoists last year as against 34 in 2014. This is the lowest number of training camps held in the last six years.
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