Orissa: Maoists killed 75 including 22 cops in 2010

Maoists killed 75 people including 53 civilians while the security personnel eliminated only 12 ultras in Orissa during 2010.

Updated: Mar 22, 2011, 22:23 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Maoists killed 75 people
including 53 civilians while the security personnel eliminated
only 12 ultras in Orissa during 2010.

This was stated in the white paper released by state
home department today. Though 61 people were killed by Maoists
in 2009, the number of killing increased last year.
While 28 civilians were killed by Maoists in 2009, the
number of civilian casualty increased to 53 in 2010, the paper
said adding that 20 ultras were gunned down by the security
personnel in 2009.
Many innocent people were being killed by the Maoists
in the name of police informers. "People opposing the Maoists
activities were also victims," the paper said.

In a bid to weaken the morale of security personnel,
Maoists used to organise bandhs, road blockade and blow up
culverts and telephone towers, it said adding while ten
Maoists had surrended before police in 2009, the number rose
to 44 in 2010.

The white paper further said the number of districts
hit by the red rebels increased to 19 by 2010 even as
para-military forces were deployed in the entire southern
Orissa.

As part of efforts to combat the ultras, the state
government has taken several steps like banning the CPI
(Maoists) and its six frontal organisations, creation of a
unified command to monitor anti-Maoist operation and setting
up of new battalions among others.

PTI