Bhubaneswar: Incidents of Naxal violence
declined by 30 per cent in the first six months of this year
compared to the period last year, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen
Patnaik today said.
Patnaik, replying to the budgetary demand in the Assembly
for the home portfolio, said, "68 incidents were reported
between January and June this year as against 98 recorded
during the same period last year."
Top ranking ultra leaders, Asutosh Tudu alias Motilal
Soren, a central committee member, head of eastern politburo
P Ramarao alias Uday, who is also secretary of Bansadhara
divisional committee and Bhaskar alias Pravakar Patra, platoon
commander of Kalinga Nagar area committee were among 302
Maoists arrested during 2009 and till July 7, 2010, he said.
Patnaik said the arrest of Manik Mahato, a prime suspect
in the attack on the Jnaneswari Express in West Bengal and
Aurobindo Cachhad alias Chandrasekhar, who was the mastermind
of the attack on former JMM MP Sudam Marandi, were considered
as major successes in recent months.
"Security forces have engaged the Maoists on 29 occasion
during 2009 and 2010 (till date) and neutralised 23 of them,"
Patnaik said, adding that firearms and large quantities of
explosives were also seized during the period.
Making a comparison with neighbouring states, Patnaik
pointed out that till June this year, 68 incidents involving
42 deaths were reported in the state compared to 312 incidents
involving 220 deaths in Chhatishgarh, 254 incidents involving
76 deaths in Jharkhand, 193 incidents involving 140 deaths in
West Bengal and 164 incidents causing 44 deaths in Bihar.
The Sambalpur-Deogarh-Sundargarh zonal committee of
Maoists, which was causing a problem for the state, was
contained to a significant extent due to effective security
measures, he claimed.
The activities of the Maoist backed Chasi Mulia Adivasi
Sangha was also contained effectively, he said.