Tuesday, November 09, 2010

577 civilians,260 securitymen killed in naxal violence in 2010

Press Trust Of India
New Delhi, November 09, 2010
First Published: 15:40 IST(9/11/2010)
Last Updated: 15:42 IST(9/11/2010)

A total of 577 civilians have been killed while more than 260 security forces personnel lost their lives across the country in naxal violence this year. During the same period, 137 Maoists were killed with the maximum of them in Chhattisgarh (72) followed by West Bengal (37) and Jharkhand (12).

The information, updated till October, was given by Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Maken through a written reply in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. The maximum number of civilians were killed in West Bengal (185), Chhattisgarh (143), Jharkhand (112) and Bihar (48) amongst others.

Chhattisgarh accounted for the maximum number of casualties for security forces personnel with 163 casualties, while West Bengal (34) and Jharkhand (22) were the other states where the forces lost the most number of their troops.

"Sixty nine development schemes of various ministries of Government of India are being implemented for comprehensive development of naxal affected areas in the country...Planning Commission has been monitoring progress of the development initiatives in 35 Left Wing Extremist affected districts of the central government's flagship programmes," Maken said. Planning Commission has initiated the process of preparing Integrated Action Plans (IAPs) for Left Wing Extremism affected disticts, which envisage comprehensive and rapid development of affected areas, he said.

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