Amid a walk out by Congress and BJP members who alleged a spurt in crimes against women, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Friday claimed in the Assembly that the quantum of Maoist violence has declined since 2013.
Campaigning in the bitterly fought marathon elections for the 16th Lok Sabha spread over five weeks drew to a close on Saturday as top leaders sought to muster a final show of strength in the ninth and concluding phase for 41 seats in three states that included Varanasi where Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal are in the fray.
A weak intelligence network was one of the causes behind the Maoists` July 2 attack on the convoy of Pakur Superintendent of Police Amarjit Balihar, security advisor to the Union government K Vijay Kumar on Sunday said.
The CISF, which guards over 50 installations producing and extracting iron ore, coal and steel in Naxal-affected states, has decided to procure anti-land mine and bullet proof vehicles for all its units.
Noting that Maoist violence was
high in Odisha despite deployment of about 10,000 central
armed forces, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday asked the
state to "learn" from other states and the Centre to tackle