Maoists active in 20 of India’s 28 states says Chidambaram
Posted by Admin on September 14, 2009
Kalinga Times Correspondent
New Delhi, Sept 14: The scourge of left wing extremism has spread its tentacles in as many as 20 states across the country with 223 districts either partially or substantially hit by said internal security threat.
Stating this today while inaugurating the conference of DGPs/IGPs here on Monday, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram iterated that CPI (Maoist) is the deadliest of the left wing extremist or the naxal groups active countrywide.
Underscoring the need for a united fight by both the state and the states to counter this disturbing internal security threat, Chidambaram said that CPI (Maoist) ultras are having visible presence in 17 states.
In recent past, these groups of lawbreakers have perpetrated violence and destruction of public property. The Maoists almost accounted for almost 90% share of total naxal violence registered across the country, Chidambaram said.
Of the groups of ultras, the CPI (Maoists) is the author of latest spree of bloody internal disturbances. Violence, the most visible aspect of naxal menace, is consistently on the rise in about 400 police station areas of around 90 districts in 13 of these States.
Last year, a total of 1591 incidents of naxalite violence were reported resulting in 721 killings were from 399 police station areas of 87 districts of 13 States. This year 1405 incidents of naxal violence resulting in 580 killings have already been reported (upto August 27) from 355 police stations in 78 districts in 11 States, the Home Minister informed.
”In the past nine months we have taken a number of measures to build capacity and raise the level of preparedness to meet threats to our internal security. Many of these measures are quite commonplace.
“These include filling vacancies in the constabulary; raising more battalions; establishing more police stations; acquiring better and more arms and ammunition; acquiring vehicles, motorbikes and communication equipment; retraining the men and women; and introducing technology to augment the effectiveness of the police force.
“The measures that we have taken were long overdue and, in a sense, exposed the neglect and tardiness of the past. The Centre and the States must share the blame for the remissness of the past.
“Consequently, we must make up for lost time and increase the pace of implementation of the measures that we have agreed upon,” Chidambaram told.