Naxal violence showed a declining trend during 2006. Disclosing the fact, Union Home Minister’s Additional Secretary (Naxal Operation) Vinay Kumar said that violence was reported from 395 police stations in the country in 2006 against 450 police stations during 2005.
In Bihar, violence was reported from 69 police stations in 2006 against 80 police stations during 2005. He said 30 companies of the para-military force were deployed in Bihar to assist the State police in carrying out anti-Naxal operation.
When asked whether he was satisfied with the Bihar government’s efforts to deal with Naxal problem, the Additional Secretary replied in affirmative and said that there had been a remarkable decline in the incidents of Naxal violence in Bihar during 2006.
Earlier, Bihar Home Secretary Afzal Amanullah said the extremists have stepped up their activities during the initial three months of the current year. “We have also apprised the Centre of our growing concern. As per reports, the Naxals have decided to target Bihar this year,” he said.
He attributed the reason to Bihar police success in apprehending the top-ranking leaders of the outfit. During 2006, the police arrested 441 extremists, including 10 zonal commanders and 30 area commanders. Moreover, 16 extremists surrenders before the police while 6 were killed in police encounters,” he said.
According to the Home Secretary, 29 regular weapons, 110 country-made weapons, 6 grenades, 11 can bombs, 23 detonators, 49 kg explosive and 3 kg RDX were seized by the police during anti-Naxal operation in 2006. “It seems that intensive drive against the ultras has compelled them to fight for their survival,” he added.