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2017 deadliest year, April 2017 deadliest month for security forces in Chhattisgarh in 7 years

On Monday, the Maoist rebels killed 26 CRPF jawans in one of the worst attacks on the force in seven years.

india Updated: May 10, 2017 10:48 IST
Devanik Saha
CRPF attacked in Chhattisgarh

Injured CRPF personnel being brought to Raipur for treatment on Monday following a Maoist attack in Sukma.(PTI Photo)

With 72 security personnel killed in Maoist-related violence in 2017, it is already the deadliest year in the past seven years for CRPF, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of data from South Asian Terrorism Portal (SATP).

On April 24, 2017, 26 Central Reserve Paramilitary Force (CRPF) jawans were killed in an ambush by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district. The encounter with 74 battalion of CRPF occurred at Kala Pathar near Chintagufa in Sukma, the worst Maoist violence-affected district in south Bastar area of the state.

 

Deaths Due To Maoist Violence In Chhattisgarh, 2011-17
YearCiviliansSecurity ForcesTerroristsTotal
2011396770176
2012263646108
2013484535128
2014255533113
2015344145120
20163836133207
20172072*70162

Source: South Asia Terrorism Portal
*The SATP portal has updated data only till April 16, 2017. We have added deaths of jawans on April 24, 2017, as well in our analysis.

Maoist outfits cause the most terror deaths in India, IndiaSpend reported on November 19, 2015.

Maoists are left-wing communist radicals attempting to overthrow India’s government through force. The regions most affected by Maoist violence lie in a wide swath of mineral-rich, forested tribal lands, from Maharashtra to West Bengal. Tribals account for a third of the 21 million people displaced by development projects, as IndiaSpend reported on June 17, 2014, fuelling a resentment that the Naxals exploit.

April 2017: Deadliest month in past seven years

With 49 deaths, April 2017 is the deadliest month for CRPF in Chhattisgarh in the past seven years. The deadliest month in the past decade was April 2010, when 76 security personnel died in Dantewada, the most fatal Maoist ambush ever.

More security forces have died in Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled Chhattisgarh (235) than in any other state between 2011 and 2015, IndiaSpend reported on April 14, 2015.

Source: South Asia Terrorism Portal
*The SATP portal has updated data only till April 16, 2017. We have added deaths of jawans on April 24, 2017, as well in our analysis.