Wednesday, April 25, 2007

23rd Co-ordination Centre meeting on Naxalism tomorrow

From our ANI Correspondent

New Delhi, Apr 25: Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta will chair the twenty-third Co-ordination Centre meeting here on Thursday to review the Naxal situation in the country.

Chief Secretaries and Directors General of Police of the affected States will attend the meeting besides senior officers from various ministries and departments of the Central Government.

The main focus of the security-related discussion will be on the States where the Naxal problem is of long gestation and where noticeable incidents of violence have taken place.

The meeting will also go into the implementation of the major developmental initiatives like the Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF), Panchayat (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act 1996 (PESA), NREGP and the Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006.

According to a report released by the Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) early this year, 749 people were killed in the Naxalite conflict in 2006. These include 285 civilians, 135 security personnel and 329 alleged Naxalites.

The highest number of killings was reported from Chhattisgarh (363), followed by Andhra Pradesh (135), Jharkhand (95), Maharashtra (60), Bihar (45), Orissa (25), West Bengal (22), Uttar Pradesh (2), Karnataka (1) and Madhya Pradesh (1).

However, the number of killings in 2006 declined as compared to 2005 during which 892 people were killed, the report said.

In the year gone by, Naxalites killed 412 people, including 277 civilians and 135 security personnel. The security forces claimed to have killed 322 alleged Naxalites.


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