Bijapur, Sukma, Gadchiroli — three top Maoist targets

Bijapur and Sukma in Chhattisgarh and Gadchiroli in Maharashtra were the three top districts where the highest number of Maoist violence took place this year, the Union Home Ministry has said.

During a period between January one and June 30, the country witnessed 597 naxal-related violence in which 179 people were killed. In 2013, there were a total of 1,136 incidents in which 397 people were killed.

Bijapur district has recorded 50 incidents this year in which 23 were killed while Sukma had 47 incidents in which 24 were killed in the first six months of the year, according to a reply to a question furnished by Union Home Ministry in Lok Sabha last week.

Gadchiroli had 42 incidents in which 22 were killed.

Last year too,  Sukma, Bijapur and Gadchiroli were in the top-three list. Sukma had the highest incidents at 83 (19 deaths) in the whole of 2013 followed by Bijapur 76 (25 deaths). While Gadchiroli district had 68 incidents (18 deaths), Dantewada had recorded 60 incidents and 10 deaths.

Karnataka, which did not record a single incident this year, had four incidents in 2013. Three incidents related to Maoist violence were reported from Chikamalur while one was reported from Dakshina Kannada district.

Among the 24 outfits identified as Maoist parties, the Home Ministry said that Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) is the Maoist organisation operating in Karnataka.

Other than the CPI-Maoist, the other Maoist parties identified by the government include CPML-Jana Shakti (Kura Rajanna) in Andhra Pradesh, CPML-Shanti Pal in Andhra Pradesh and Bihar, CPML-Praja, People’ s Liberation Front of India (Jharkhand) and Communist League of India in Uttarakhand.

The Home Ministry also said two development schemes — Additional Central Assistance (ACA) and Road Requirement Plan (RRP) — that focus specifically on the Maoist-infested districts are on.

The ACA scheme has now been covered in 76 LWE affected districts. The fund allocation per district per year is Rs 300 crore. “Under the scheme out of 1.37 lakh projects taken up, 1.07 lakh projects have been completed so far,” Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home, said in Lok Sabha.

The RRP is implemented in 34 districts. The government plans to lay 5,477 km of road and as of now, 3,075 km has been laid. The works under RRP are targeted to be completed by March next year.

(An edited version appeared in Deccan Herald on July 14, 2014)

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