35 districts account for 89% of Maoist violence, says govt

35 districts account for 89% of Maoist violence, says govt

35 districts account for 89% of Maoist violence, says govt

Nine out of every 10 incidents of Maoist violence happens in 35 districts of the country where they have an upper hand.

The latest figures provided by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Tuesday showed that 804 of the 908 incidents reported in 2017 took place in these districts.

Sukma, which is in Chhattisgarh, reported the highest number of incidents at 102 among the 35 districts declared the most Maoist-affected.

On March 13, a mine-protected vehicle had come under a Maoist ambush killing at least nine CRPF personnel in Sukma.

However, two districts Muzaffarpur in Bihar and Khammam in Telanganareported not a single incident last year.

Gadchiroli in Maharashtra had the second highest incident at 68 followed by Chattisgarh's Bijapur (60), Jharkhand's Latehar (59) and Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur (58).

According to a written reply in the Lok Sabha, the 35 most affected districts accounted for 88.5% of Maoist-related violent incidents.

Just 20 districts accounted for 80% of the violence. Maoist violence was reported from only 58 districts across the country in 2017.

"There is no plan to involve the army in the fight against Left Wing Extremism except for the ongoing training assistance. Helicopters made available for LWE affected states are used only for logistic purposes," Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said.

While Maoist violence is on the wane, the MHA recently told the Committee on Estimates that the Maoists are now "targeting new states and are trying to carve out the base at the tri-junction of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu."


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