Bihar: 86 policemen killed by Naxals since 2005

As many as 86 policemen and over 188 civilians have lost their lives in Maoists attacks in Bihar since 2005.

Patna: As many as 86 policemen and over 188 civilians have lost their lives in Maoists attacks in Bihar since 2005, according to official statistics.

There was no let up in Maoists attacks this year too with the latest being the killing seven policemen by the rebels in an encounter in Lakhisarai district on August 29, before taking abducting four security personnel.

They later killed one of the policemen, Lucas Tete. The remaining three policemen were claimed to have been released by the Maoists today, but they was no official confirmation.

According to the statistics provided by the state police headquarters, 86 policemen and 188 civilians lost their lives in various Maoists attacks in Bihar since 2005.

Between 2006-2009, 50 Maoists were killed by police in the state and the Maoists looted 132 police weapons during the period, the statistics said.

The Bihar Government says 33 of the 40 police districts in the state are "Naxal-hit".

The Maoists attack this year started with a strike on the Bihar Military Police (BMP) camp in Bhagalpur and critically wounding four personnel before taking away four
SLRs, two carbines, three hand grenades and 500 rounds of ammunition.

On February 13, Maoists killed a Station House Officer (SHO) Mithlesh Prasad in an encounter in Konch police station area in Gaya district. Four Naxalites were also killed.
On February 17, Maoists killed eleven villagers at Fulwaria village in Jamui district and torched a police jeep in Gaya.

On March 23, the ultras killed a private guard Wakil Singh and a driver at a tolla plaza under Mahapur under Gaya district and also looted 25 rifles.

On the same day, they attacked a police patrol and critically wounded SHO Virendra Yadav and six Special Auxiliary Police personnel at Belsand in Sitamarhi district
and injured two SAP personnel in Sheohar district.

Five villagers were killed and another injured at Rambanvillage in Sheohar district on May 21. On June 3, two Naxalites were killed by Maoists in Baghel jungle in Munger

On August 13, Maoists kidnapped a close aide of Bihar assembly speaker Udai Narain Choudhary but later let him off after assaulting him severely.

In 2009, 384 naxalites were arrested, while 105 weapons, 14,808 rounds of ammunition, 6833 kg explosive, 11,319 detonators, 56 landmines and Rs 6,81,148 in cash were
seized from them.

The state government has initiated steps for ensuring speedy trial of cases related to Maoists and 226 cases have been disposed off by courts between 2007 and 2009 in which 109 Maoists were convicted.

Under the state government`s rehabilitation package for Maoists, 297 surrendered with arms during 2006 and 2009.