Malkangiri: At least 160 Left Wing Extremists have been killed over the last 12 months in eight Maoist-affected States of India, a letter issued by the outlawed CPI (Maoist) on the occasion of Martyrs Commemoration Week (‘Shaheed Smruti Saptah’) revealed.
The 16-page letter stated, during the last 12 months, 11 Maoists have died in Bihar-Jharkhand, 101 in Dandakaranya, 14 in Odisha, 8 in Maharashtra-Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh, 11 in the Andhra-Odisha border, 1 in the Western Ghats, and 14 LWE militia members have been killed in Telangana.
The letter issued by the Central Committee of the CPI (Maoist), a copy of which is in possession with OMMCOM NEWS, said, among the slain Maoists (during 2020-21), 30 are women. Apart from the skirmishes with police, lack of access to medical treatment, consumption of expired food, snake bites, and constant exposure to nature’s wrath have hit the Maoists hard.
Among the deceased Maoists are Yapa Narayana of Telangana, Pawan of Dandakaranya, Santosh Yadav, and Amresh Yadav of Bihar-Jharkhand, Ravindra killed in Odisha’s Bargarh and others. The identity of 27 Maoists is yet to be ascertained, the letter stated.
Yapa, who uses the nom de guerre Haribhushan died of COVID-19 in June this year at Bastar. He was wanted in more than 20 cases in Telangana and Chhattisgarh and had a reward of Rs 40 lakh on his head.
Similarly, Ravindra was killed was involved in multiple cases, including 18 murders. Odisha had announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh while Chhattisgarh had announced Rs 7 lakh on Ravindra’s head. The second wave of COVID-19 proved more deadly for the LWE militias who have admitted to the dread of coronavirus in the recent past