10k sq km Naxals dominant area regained by Govt

Security forces regain control over 10000 sq km areas dominated by Maoists in 6 worst-affected states.

Updated: Sep 26, 2010, 17:38 PM IST

New Delhi: Making inroads into the Naxal belt, security forces have regained control over more than 10,000 sq km areas dominated by the Maoists in six worst-affected states.

Official sources described the success of the security forces as "very significant" as nearly 40,000 sq km areas had been controlled by the red ultras in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, Bihar and West Bengal for last several years.
"We have got maximum gain in Chhattisgarh. We hope that the success will continue in the coming days," a source said. More than 60,000 central paramilitary forces have been
assisting the state police forces in their fight against the Maoists.

The success of the forces in last few months was largely attributed to the joint coordinated efforts of the police forces of the states as well as the Centre and better
intelligence networks.

Naxal violence has claimed the lives of over 10,000 civilians and security personnel in the last five years. Out of a total of 10,268 casualties between 2005 and May
2010, 2,372 deaths have been reported in 2009 as against 1,769
in 2008 and 1,737 in 2007.
Besides, Naxals targeted 362 telephone towers, many school buildings, roads, culverts in 2009 alone. The ultras have killed at least 100 policemen in Chhattisgarh since April. Their hand is also suspected behind the derailment of an Express train in West Bengal that claimed the lives of nearly 150 people.

Government has been maintaining that accelerated development and calibrated police action are the two pillars of its anti-Naxal policy.

PTI