Ahead of Assembly polls in Chhattisgarh, as many as 62 Maoists surrendered with 51 country made weapons before Bastar IG Vivekanand Sinha and Narayanpur Superintendent of Police (SP) Jitendra Shukla on Tuesday.
Out of 51 Maoists, 11 surrendered without any weapons. At least five of the Maoists who surrendered today had standing warrants against them, police said. The surrendered Maoists had been active members of the Tumeradi Jantana Sarkar under the Kutul area committee of Maoists for the past eight to nine years.
Eight districts of Chhattisgarh are among 30 in seven States which are most affected by Left Wing Extremist (LWE) violence, the Union Home Ministry informed had informed earlier
These 30 districts contributed 88% of violent incidents and 94% of deaths in 2017, it informed.
The eight most affected districts in Chhattisagrh are-Bastar, Bijapur, Dantewada, Kanker, Kondagaon, Narayanpur, Rajnandgaon and Sukma, the Ministry informed.
The Central Government has a holistic approach towards combating LWE wherein it supplements the efforts of the State Governments over a wide range of measures, it informed.
A National Policy and Action Plan has been put in place that envisages a multi-pronged strategy involving security related measures, developmental interventions and ensuring rights and entitlements of local communities etc.
Security related measures include assistance to LWE affected States by providing CAPF Battallions, helicopters, UAVs, construction of fortified police stations, funds for modernization of State Police forces, arms and equipment, training assistance, sharing of intelligence etc.
On development side, apart from flagship schemes of the Central Government in infrastructure, education, health, skill development, agriculture etc, several initiatives have been taken specifically for development of LWE affected areas.
These include focussed schemes for development of roads, installation of mobile towers, skill development, improving network of banks and post offices, health and education facilities, particularly in the most affected districts, the Ministry informed.
Resolute implementation of the National Policy and Action Plan by the Central and State Governments has resulted in considerable improvement of the situation both in terms of reduction of violence and the geographical spread.
The number of violent incidents has come down to 908 in 2017 from a high of 2258 in 2009. The geographical spread of violence has also shrunk considerably, it informed.