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Maoist activities in Odisha on wane, says MHA report




 Maoist activities in Odisha have gone down significantly, stated a report prepared by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

Sources said, out of 35 most Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected districts of the country, only two districts from the State—Koraput and Malkangiri find place in the list. While 96 percent of violence by LWEs is reported in these 35 districts of seven states, Odisha’s share only 8.2 percent, which shows a declining trend, said sources in the State Home department.

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has prepared a report on the present LWE scenario in the country, which reveals the declining trend. While Chhattisgarh records highest 37.6 percent LWE violence, Jharkhand’s share is 31 percent.

In Chhattisgarh 8 and in Jharkhand 16 districts are most LWE affected districts, while Maoist menace is confined to Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Khammam in Telangana. Among these states, Odisha leads in conducting most number of Unified Command Meetings to review Maoist Menace and development. These meetings are chaired by Chief Secretary and help the State authorities in tackling the red rebels and carrying out developmental projects in the affected districts.

While Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand face bigger LWE problems, both the states missed conducting Unified Command Meeting, while Odisha conducted four meetings of UC to tackle Maoist Menace.

While both Excise and Crime Branch sleuths are active in destructing illicit cultivation of Ganja in LWE areas, attention is being paid to curb Poppy cultivation in these far flung areas. The Union government has advised the State governments to activate intelligence sharing among themselves and form a Joint Command Control System, said sources.

Extortion by the Maoists has to be checked as they are actively extorting money from contractors, mine operators and forest operatives. While the State governments are seeking more Central Armed Police Force personnel, the Centre has advised the States to fill up vacancies in Most LWE affected districts.

States like Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal have largest number of vacancies in the LWE affected districts, sources said. Odisha has been asking for two more Battalions of CAPFs to be deployed in border areas of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh as these areas are porous and ultras often sneak into the State as there is more presence of Central Armed Forces in both the neighbouring states.






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