Raipur: There has been a decline in Maoist activities in Chhattisgarh, among the states most seriously hit by guerrilla violence, Home Minister P. Chidambaram said here Tuesday.
"Chhattisgarh is among the two most affected states as far as leftist extremism is concerned. There is a decline in number of incidents, number of civilian casualties, number of securities forces casualties... and overall Naxal activities have come down in the state," the minister told newsmen after presiding over a meet to review anti-Maoist strategy in the state.
Chief Minister Raman Singh and top officials of the home department and police headquarters, besides officials of the para-military forces, including Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) chief Vijay Kumar, attended the meet at the state secretariat.
Official sources said Chidambaram discussed in detail ways to step up development works in Maoist areas, mainly in the state`s southern tip of Bastar.
The minister also held deliberations on intensifying joint combing operations on the Chhattisgarh-Maharashtra border.