January 5, 2011 3:38:32 am
While the north-eastern region witnessed in 2010 one of the lowest levels of violence in many years,the conflict with Naxalite groups escalated and remained the biggest headache for security forces in the year gone by.
A total of 713 civilians were killed by Naxalite groups in 2010,as compared to 591 the previous year,Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Tuesday while presenting a monthly report card.
The Naxalite groups also enjoyed the upper hand vis-a-vis the security forces in terms of the number of people lost in the battle. The security forces lost 285 personnel,as compared to 317 in 2009 while the casualties on the Naxalites side was only 171,again significantly less than 219 in the previous year.
It will be apparent that the Naxalites have not only spurned the offer of talks but have also escalated the conflict, Chidambaram said.
In the north-eastern states,where a number of insurgent groups have been engaged in an armed conflict with the security forces,247 militants were killed last year. Only 20 security personnel died while 94 civilians lost their lives in the crossfire. In Nagaland and Mizoram,neither a civilian nor a security personnel was killed. No civilians were killed in Meghalaya or Arunachal Pradesh either.
Most insurgent groups are in talks with the government or are poised to commence talks. In 2011,I look forward to agreements being reached with many of the groups and bringing them into the mainstream of politics and society, he said.
Chidambaram said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir had been improving after three months of protests and stone-throwing that was witnessed in the middle of last year. The visit of all-party delegation and interlocutors had brought about a significant improvement in the law-and-order situation.
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