Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Chhattisgarh, 3 other states account for 80 pc naxal violence

New Delhi, April 22: Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Orissa have together accounted for over 80 percent of the total incidents of naxal violence during 2007, a Home Ministry report on Tuesday said.

"There has been a concentration of violence incidents and casualties mainly in some districts of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand and, to some extent, in some areas in Bihar and Orissa," the Ministry's Annual Report for 2007-08 said.

Out of the total of 1,565 incidents in 2007, these four states accounted for 1,266 incidents. Likewise, out of the total casualty of 696, the four states together claimed 610 lives.

The report said several naxalite groups have been operating in certain parts of the country for a few decades now. But, in macro terms, the number of incidents has remained broadly at the same level during the past few years.

It said that after the merger of Peoples War Group (PWG) and Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) into CPI (Maoist), the outfit has been seen as the "most active and strident" front of naxalism in the country.

Going into the factors leading to the problem, it said naxalites typically operate in the vacuum created by functional inadequacy of field level governance structures, espouse local demands, and take advantage of prevalent dissatisfaction and feelings of perceived neglect and injustice among the under privileged and remote segments of populations.

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