Unprecedented spurt in Maoist violence in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: With 362 Maoist
related incidents of violence in Chhattisgarh in the first eight months of
2015, a whopping increase of 34% over the corresponding period in 2014, the
year so far has been perhaps the most violent for the state since 2010.
While there has been a
marginal decrease in the total number of Maoists related incidents of violence
in the 10 Left Wing Extremism affected states in these eight months,
Chhattisgarh has witnessed an unprecedented spurt during the period by even
surpassing the total number of 328 cases that occurred during the entire 2014.
However, mercifully the numbers for people killed in these incidents in the
state are marginally lesser than the previous year, as they were down from 73
in 2014 to 62 till July 15, 2015.
According to latest
figures, the number of Maoist related violent incidents in Chhattisgarh have
shot up from 270 in 2014 (till August) to 362 in the corresponding period this
year, averaging almost 45 odd incidents every month. The figures also reveal
that while 264 incidents of Maoist related violence occurred in the state till
July 15 this year, another 98 happened in a span on just 45 days till August
According to the data
available with the state police, while the number of fatalities of security and
government personnel witnessed a decline during this period, down from 50 in
2014 to 39, there has been an increase of 29% in civilian casualties, which
went up from 24 to 31.
Jharkhand has been topping the list of Maoist related violence incidents among
the LWE affected states since 2012, Chhattisgarh has surpassed the tally in the
first six months of this year. In Jharkhand incidents of Maoist related
violence fell from 217 in 2014 (till July 15) to 190 this year. The numbers of
fatalities in such incidents have also declined from 54 to 35 in the
Additional director general
of police (anti-naxal operations), RK Vij, attributed the spurt in such
incidents in the state to panchayat polls held this year. He said there were
attempts to disrupt polling at several places in Bastar by looting ballot boxes
and firing at polling staff and security personnel.
Incidentally, the last
Panchayat elections in the state were held in 2010 and even then the incidents
of Maoist violence had witnessed spurt, 625 during entire year. The total
numbers of fatalities during 2010 were much higher at 343.
Vij said the decline in
the numbers of death in such violent cases this year is due to the fact that no
major ambushes took place. "Killings have been confined to incidents of
abduction and then execution, rather than random mass killings," he said,
adding that majority of the 39 fatalities of security personnel happened during
figures also reveal that the number of Maoists killed and surrendered till
August 2014 and 2015, are the same at 22 and 115 respectively. However, the
number of Maoists arrested this year 334, as compared to 437 in 2014. The
recoveries of weapons from Maoists were also down from 120 in 2014 to 69 this
According to the data,
while there were lesser encounters (exchange of fire) this year, the incidents
of IED explosion increased from 28 to 38.