Thursday, December 08, 2005

Despite spurt in violence police succeed in neutralising Maoist factor, says DGP

Despite spurt in violence police succeed in neutralising Maoist factor, says DGP
Staff Reporter

Number of surrenders, arms and ammunition recovered vouch for it: Swaranjit Sen
Activities of naxals under control: Swaranjit Sen

Number of people killed in naxal violence so far this year put at 190

ELURU: The State has witnessed a spurt in the incidence of naxal violence and dacoities in the current year, according to the data provided by Director-General of Police Swaranjit Sen.
The number of people killed in naxal violence reached 190 by December 2 this year as against 78 in 2004, 161 in 2003 and 105 in 2002.
By the year-end, 145 encounters took place between the police and Maoists as against 73 in the previous year.
However, the DGP, who was here on Wednesday, did not subscribe to the view that the figures gave the correct picture.
Addressing a press conference, Mr. Sen observed: "The figures give such an impression. But the number of surrenders by Maoists, the amount of arms and ammunition recovered from the extremists vindicate the fact that the police have succeeded in neutralising the Maoist factor in the State."
Revealing the year-end data, the DGP drove the point home. The police recovered 474 weapons from Maoists this year as against 107 last year. Similarly, snatching of weapons by extremists from the police had also drastically come down to three in the current year from five in the previous
Threat form Cobras
The DGP claimed to have kept under control the activities of Maoists, "thanks to the intelligentsia who are of late vexed with the entry of unsocial elements into the party and therefore gradually drifting away from the Maoists."
On the attacks by the so-called "Nallamala Cobras" against the activists of the Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee (APCLC) reported in Prakasam and Anantapur districts, the DGP made it clear that the police would not encourage any sort of covert operations against anybody for that matter.
"We are quite capable of handling Maoists on our own and don't require any pseudo organisations to combat the extremists," he added.

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