Govt regains control over 10k sq km area dominated by Naxals

The development is a silent but significant win for the government over the Maoists.

New Delhi: In a silent but significant win
over the Maoists, security forces have regained control over
more than 10,000 sq km area dominated by the Naxals in six
worst-affected states.

Official sources described the success of the security
forces as "very significant" as nearly 40,000 sq km area 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

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