Saturday, April 14, 2007

Police officials in Maoist-affected states meet to tackle violence

From our ANI Correspondent

Hyderabad, Apr 14: Police officials of Maoist-affected nine states have said that Maoist violence largely contained except in Chhattisgrah. The nine affected states are Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.

Special Secretary, Ministry of Home (Internal) Affairs, M.L. Kumawat said that Chhattisgrah was the worst affected state which accounted for nearly 48 percent of Maoist violence.

"Naxal situation is well under control, except one or two states, which had some problems. I will call Naxal violence has decreased. In fact only one state, i.e Chhattisgarh accounts for almost 48 percent of violence. As far as Andhraradesh is concerned violence has decreased considerably. In fact, we have asked other states to emulate the example of Andhra Pradesh in development and also in security measures," said M.L. Kumawat, Special Secretary, Ministry of Home (Internal) Affairs.Home Ministry's annual report said that in 2006, the Maoist violence reduced by over six per cent compared to the previous year.

While, 1,608 incidents related to Maoists were reported in 2005, the number came down to 1,509 last year.

The report further said that out of total 8,252 police stations in the country, Maoists are present in at least 508 with considerable strength.

According to Home Ministry, 76 districts in the nine Maoist-affected states were 'badly affected by Maoist violence'

Maoists operate in 13 of 29 states along what is called a "red corridor" stretching from the border with Nepal to Andhra Pradesh.

The Maoists have pitted their campaign against landlords and the state administration whom they accuse of exploiting the poor.

In 2006, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called them the biggest internal security challenge facing India since independence


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