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.
Six members of a polling party and five CRPF personnel were killed as Naxals struck twice on Monday in gap of less than an hour, blowing up a bus and an ambulance in Bijapur and Bastar districts of Chhattisgarh.
Claiming that Madhya Pradesh has not got adequate support for fighting the Naxal menace, Uma Shankar Gupta today said despite evidence of such activities in nine districts, the Centre considers only Balaghat as Naxal-hit.
Incidents of Naxal attacks on railway property nearly doubled in 2009 and the Indian Railways lost over Rs 500 crore due to disruptions by Maoists, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee informed the Rajya Sabha on Friday.
Against the backdrop of yet
another Naxal attack on a train in Jharkhand last night,
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said she will take up
the issue of railway safety with Home Minister P Chidambaram.