Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh, Dec 4 : Maoist incidents witnessed a decline this year in Left wing extremism-affected Bastar Division’s seven districts where rebels sustained heavy reverses as many – including ‘commanders’ – were neutralised and leaders carrying rewards apprehended.
However, the law and order machinery's success came at a price. Fifty personnel of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), district police force, District Reserve Guard, etc. were martyred and 121 were injured while 67 civilians lost their lives – motives included suspicion of being informers.
Numerous major assaults were nipped in the bud by CAPF and scores of ultras returned to the mainstream. A total 436 outlaw-related incidents were registered from January 1 to November 30 in Dantewada, Kanker, Bijapur, Narayanpur, Kondagaon, Sukma and Bastar districts. These included 157 encounters; the number of insurgents killed was 111 whereas 1,079 were arrested, 451 capitulated, four raids were executed on Naxal camps and 209 weapons appropriated including recovery of 16 arms looted earlier during encounters.
“Sixty-nine explosions were triggered, security personnel seized 276 improvised explosive devices, 1,075 detonators and 661 rounds of ammunition,” Inspector General of Police Vivekanand Sinha averred. (UNI)