‘3 Bihar districts account for 60% Naxal violence’

The home ministry has written to Bihar chief secretary Ashok Kumar Sinha to take immediate steps to counter the Maoist rebels

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Published:March 6, 2013 12:07 am

Raising concern over Bihar’s efforts to tackle Naxalism,the Centre has revealed that three of its districts — Gaya,Jamui and Aurangabad — accounted for more than 60 per cent of Maoist violence in 2012. The home ministry has written to Bihar chief secretary Ashok Kumar Sinha to take immediate steps to counter the Maoist rebels.

Gaya,the ministry noted,was the most affected. The rebels have put up flags and banners in several villages declaring they have taken over paddy fields and that common people are free to harvest them. It also noted that anti-Naxal operations in the state did not yield significant results in the past year.

The contribution of anti-Maoist Special Forces is not visible in Bihar,a senior official said. This could have serious repercussions as the Maoists would attempt to regain areas they have been driven out of over the years.

In its letter to Sinha,the ministry also complained that the Revolutionary Democratic Front,alleged to be a Maoist front organisation,enjoyed a free run. It was allowed to hold a rally at Muzaffarpur in December though the Centre was against it,sources said.

The rally,organised under the banner of Janata Par Yudh Virodhi Manch and attended by more than 1,000 people,has not gone down well well with the central forces fighting the Maoists. “The event was meant to showcase organisational capabilities of the north Bihar unit of the CPI (Maoist). It was aimed at conducting mass mobilisation,which needs to be viewed seriously by the state administration,” a top CRPF official claimed.

He said the Bihar Police has all but stopped operations against the Maoists and thus frittered away gains made in past five years. The rebels are exploiting this lull to consolidate,the ministry said and suggested that Bihar immediately re-start the operations and hold SPs accountable for it.

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