Ranchi: Jharkhand has witnessed a slight
decrease in Maoist violence in the last six months, state
police chief G S Rath on Tuesday said.
"Though it is negligible, there has been a drop in Maoist
violence in the last two quarters with 248 incidents
registered in comparison to 266 in the corresponding period of
last year," he told a press conference here.
He said though 145 of the 419 police stations were Naxal
affected, incidents have occurred only in 87 police station
areas so far this year.
Rath said the police lost 17 personnel in encounters which
claimed the lives of as many Maoists.
He said around 50 ultras surrendered during the period.
"This is an encouraging sign, and we expect some more to
surrender in the near future," he said.
A total of 7,800 CRPF personnel besides Jharkhand Armed
Police and district police have been deployed against the
Maoists in the state, he said.