Over 500 killed in Naxal violence this year

1,476 attacks carried out by Naxals in various states affected by Left wing extremism till November this year.

New Delhi: Over 500 people including 124
security personnel were killed in 1,476 attacks carried out by
Naxals in various states affected by Left wing extremism till
November this year.

According to latest Home Ministry data, out of the
total of 513 deaths, the highest of 182 were in Chhattisgarh,
followed by 137 in Jharkhand, 50 in Maharashtra, 49 each in
Bihar and Orissa, and 40 in West Bengal among others.

It said that Naxals carried out 1,476 attacks targeting
various government and private installations, killing 389
civilians and 124 security force personnel.

Law enforcement agencies have arrested 1,728 naxalites,
recovered 546 arms and 344 Maoists surrendered during the
eleven months.

There were 219 incidents in which Left wing extremists
targeted industries, railways, telephone exchange towers,
power plants, minings, panchayat bhawan and school building
among others.

Of these, basic transport infrastructure like roads in
naxal areas bore the brunt with 119 strikes, followed by 31
attacks on telephone towers, 23 on railways properties, 21
school buildings and 12 on economic installations including
uranium mines and pipe lines.

"It is the belief of the Government of India that a
combination of calibrated police action, focused development
efforts and improvements in governance will yield the desired
results against Left Wing Extremists. However, there is no
proposal for army deployment in the naxal affected areas," a
senior Home Ministry official said.

Police and public order being state subjects, action with
respect to maintenance of law and order lies primarily in the
domain of the State Governments concerned, he said.

PTI

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