Children who have lost their parents in Naxal violence in Chhattisgarh will be given priority for admission in schools nearby their native place or according to their choice, a state minister said on Tuesday.
The "stringent steps" taken by the Jharkhand Police against Naxal activities have yielded results, with the state recording 35 per cent decrease in Naxal-related incidents this year compared to the previous years, Director General of Police Rajeev Kumar said on Sunday.
Madhya Pradesh government has sought Centre`s permission to purchase weapons for Naxal-hit areas from the grant given to them and also demanded a dedicated helicopter for surveillance of regions affected with violence.
Though the state police got some success in their operation against the Maoists recently, Director General of Police Sanjeev Marik on Thursday said more intensified anti-Maoist operations were required.
Naxals, who set up a base in Maharashtra in the early 1980s, have killed as many as 493 civilians in the worst-hit Gadchiroli, Chandrapur and Gondia districts of the state over the last three decades, police said.
Swiss national Jonathan Baud, who was arrested on July 28 from nearby Triprayar for attending a meeting organized by a group of Maoist sympathisers, was today remanded to police custody by a local court.
Following the arrest of Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda, the focus of the security forces seems to have shifted to Nachika Linga, President of Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangh (CMAS), a Naxal-backed tribal outfit in Koraput district of Odisha.
Asking the Odisha government not to gloat over arrest of the leader of an `illegal outfit`, the Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra on Friday said though the top maoist Sabyasachi Panda`s means of struggle was not within norms, but he fought against injustice.