Govt claims 40 per cent drop in deaths from Naxal violence

first_imgHome Minister P ChidambaramThe government on Tuesday flaunted figures of scaled-down violence in 2011 to claim that its “two-pronged strategy” to tackle Naxalism is bearing fruit.Union home minister P. Chidambaram said the number of people killed in Maoist violence has seen a drop of over 40 per cent in 2011 from the corresponding period last year. Chidambaram revealed the figures after meeting chief ministers of Chhattisgarh and Orissa, Raman Singh and Naveen Patnaik, respectively.In the past month, 34 security personnel have lost their lives in Chhattisgarh in Maoist-related violence. But Chidambaram stressed on Tuesday that only 80 policemen have been killed by Maoists this year as compared to 177 personnel slain in the same period in 2010.Civilian casualties, too, have come down. The home minister said 190 civilians were killed by Maoists this year (compared to 296 last year). Of these 190, 72 were branded as police informers by the Maoists.Chidambaram also said seven out of the 14 politbureau members of the CPI (Maoist) and 11 members of its central committee had been arrested.”Our security forces have confronted the challenge of Left-wing extremism with courage and restraint. So far, 78 extremists have been neutralised, 883 have been arrested, 243 have surrendered and 315 arms have been recovered,” Chidambaram said.The home minister, though, was quick to add that even the present level of Maoist violence was unacceptable.Sources said the home ministry has approved sending 5,000 more paramilitary men to monitor the Chhattisgarh-Orissa border area, a hotbed of Maoist activity.Chidambaram also revealed how the government planned to develop its two-pronged strategy. “Under the Integrated Action Plan for which Rs 55 crore has been allotted to each of the 60 affected districts, 18,724 works have been taken up in Chhattisgarh and 10,427 works have been taken up in Orissa; a chunk of these works have been completed,” he said.advertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img

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