Fewer cases of Naxalite violence in UP: report
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.