New Delhi: Noting that Left wing extremists
sometimes try to block development works, the Government today
said the ultras targeted steel plants, railways, panchayats
and other infrastructure 105 times in the first four months of
2010 against 362 in the entire previous year.
"Efforts are sometimes made by Left wing extremists to
prevent execution and implementation of development works,"
Minister of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena told the Lok
Sabha in a written reply.
According to data given by him, these extremists targeted
economic works 182 times in 2008.
Forest buildings, roads, culverts bore the brunt of their
activities. There were 36 incidents of ultras targeting them
up to April 30 this year, 126 in the entire last year and 41
in 2008, the minister said.
There were three incidents of extremists targeting mines,
steel plants, cement plants in the first four months of this
calendar year against 17 in entire 2009 and five in 2008.
Such attack on railways were 23, 46 and 27 respectively
during the same periods, the data showed.
Telephone exchanges and towers were made the target 19
times against 67 and 46 in 2009 and 2008. One power plant was
targeted this year against two last year and one in 2008.
"The Ministry of Home Affairs continuously monitors the
situation, issues appropriate advisories, extends manpower and
financial support, guidance and expertise to the state
governments for maintenance of security, peace and harmony
without encroaching upon the constitutional rights of the
states," Meena said.