Thursday, July 16, 2009

Naxal violence claimed 3,300 lives between 2004 -2008

Updated on Thursday, July 16, 2009, 18:07 IST

New Delhi: More than 3,300 people have lost their lives in Naxal violence in ten states during last five years.

The annual report of the Home Ministry for 2008-09 says the killings in 7,806 incidents of Naxal violence took place in Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Karnataka.

The highest casualties were in Chhattisgarh where a total of 1,250 people lost their lives in 2,654 incidents that took place between 2004-08.

The state saw 242 deaths last year, 369 deaths in 2007 and 388 deaths in 2006, the report said.

The Naxal violence claimed 776 lives in Jharkhand, one of the worst affected states, in last five years. In 2008 alone, the state witnessed 207 deaths from 484 incidents of violence.

Altogether, 452 people lost their lives in Bihar in 915 incidents which took place in the last five years. Last year, the state saw 73 deaths in 164 incidents of Naxal violence while in 2007, there were 67 deaths in 135 incidents of violence.

Bureau Report

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