New Delhi: The Home Ministry has asked
Naxal-hit states and Railway authorities to tighten security
in public places and properties to foil any attempt by Maoists
to strike during the `martyrs week` beginning today.
In an advisory to West Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa, Bihar,
Chhattisgarh and Maharahstra, the Home Ministry asked them to
deploy additional security personnel in sensitive and public
places to deal with any subversive attempt by the extremists.
The MHA also asked the Railway Ministry to ensure proper
security to trains and passengers travelling through Naxal-
affected states and deploy additional guards in bridges and
The advisory has been sent in the wake of the CPI(Maoists)
observing `martyrs week` from today to August 3.
The ultras have killed at least 100 policemen in
Chhattisgarh since April and derailed an express train in West
Bengal that claimed the lives of nearly 150 people.
According to an estimate, about 40,000 sq km areas in
Naxal-affected states are under the control of Maoists.
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
this year, 2,372 deaths have been reported in 2009 as against
1,769 in 2008 and 1,737 in 2007.