Chhattisgarh was in the news in 2014 for all the wrong reasons be it increasing Maoist strikes resulting in heavy losses to lives of security forces or the death of 13 young women after surgeries at state-run sterilisation camps in Bilaspur.
CRPF is mulling an increase in the number of officers in its strike teams conducting anti-Naxal operations as facts emerged in the recent encounter in Chhattisgarh that as soon as the two commanders were shot dead, Maoists pinned down the trapped troops and killed a dozen others.
With the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) planning to create disturbances to mark its decade of formation this September, police is bracing up to counter any such move and make people aware about the "futility" of the rebel movements.
The UN has expressed concern over the killing and maiming of children who continue to be recruited and used as human shields by Maoists in India and over the threat of sexual violence against girls within Naxalite ranks.
Maharashtra has received Rs 50 crore out of the total Rs 120 crore additional central assistance extended to four Naxal infested districts of Gadchiroli, Gondia, Chandrapur and Bhandara for year 2013-2014 and 2014-15.
Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Tuesday warned that Centre will take the Naxals head on hours after the home-grown rebels carried out a major attack in Chhattisgarh`s Sukma district, killing at least 15 security personnel and one civilian.
President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday termed the violent Naxal movement as a "serious threat" to the country`s peace and security and called upon security forces to effectively counter this challenge.