Fewer cases of Naxalite violence in UP: report

Updated on May 16, 2007 06:39 PM IST
A reports says human casualities due to Naxal violence were less in UP as compared to Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh, reports Prabhu Razdan.
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Hindustan Times | By, Varanasi

Human casualities due to Naxal violence were less in UP as compared to Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh, despite a five-fold increase in such cases in the state this year.

According to the 2006-07 annual report of the Union Home Ministry, 1,509 Naxal incidents took place in the country in 2006-07, causing 678 deaths (521 civilian and 157 security forces). In 2005-06, the country witnessed 1608 Naxal incidents causing 677 deaths.

In UP, Mirzapur, Chandauli and Sonebhadra are the Naxal-affected districts and five deaths were reported in 2006-07. The report said, 11 Naxal-related incidents in UP in 2006-07 caused five deaths, whereas in 10 Naxal incidents in 2005-06, only one death was reported.

Contrary to the Naxal-related incidents in Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh topped the list of Naxal-related violence in 2006-07, causing 388 deaths. The number of Naxal-related deaths during 2005-06 was 168, an increase of 220 deaths in one year. Jharkhand was second with 124 Naxal-related deaths in 2006-07, as compared to 119 deaths in 2005-06.

Andhra Pradesh stood at the fourth place with 46 Naxal-related deaths out of 183 Naxal incidents that took place in 2006-07. The state, however, had witnessed a trail of death and devastation in the Naxal-related violence in 2005-06 causing 535 violent Naxal incidents leading to 208 deaths.

According to the report, Maharashtra and Bihar witnessed 42 Naxal-related deaths each, whereas 17 Naxal-related deaths were reported from West Bengal in 2006-07 as compared to seven such deaths in 2005-06.

Nine Naxal-related deaths took place out of 44 incidents in Orissa in 2006-07. UP, which saw five Naxal-related deaths in 2006-07 as compared with just one such death in 2005-06, follows next in the list.

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    Prabhu Razdan has been a journalist for over two decades. He has covered insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir, and has reported from Jaipur, Jodhpur and Varanasi. He now writes on politics, crime, social issues and developmental issues in Faridabad.

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