The JD(U)-BJP coalition government in Bihar has decided to ask for more assistance from the Centre to tackle the Maoist problem in the state.
"We will seek additional help from Centre as Bihar borders Nepal, which has a strong presence of Maoists. We need Central help as 23 of the 38 districts are infested with the problem," state Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said on Sunday.
He said that since the MCC merged with the People's War to form the Maoist groups, there had been a spurt in violence, but "we are on guard".
On the other hand, law and order had improved in Bihar and Patna had become free from kidnappings, he claimed.
"Our efforts to control the crime rate has yielded good results," Modi said, adding that even ruling party MLAs were not spared.