Maoist incidents fewer in 2017, govt. data show
What are the states affected by Left-wing extremism?
- Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Eastern Maharashtra, Northern Andhra Pradesh and some parts of Telangana.
- The most incidents were reported from Chhattisgarh (353) and Jharkhand (240).
Is there violence of Left-wing extremist has been reduced?
- Yes, for the first time in more than a decade, in 2017 the incidents in left-wing extremism (LWE) affected States remained below the 1,000 mark.
- According to Home Ministry data, 851 incidents were reported till December 15 in 2017, compared to 1016 incidents during the corresponding period last year.
What could be the reason for such decline?
- Attrition of various level cadres of Maoists.
- Youths are no more enamoured to join the Maoists which has led to the attrition in cadres at all levels.
- The other reason could be strategic: to lie low.
- Several instances of top Maoist leadership siphoning away with money and running extortion rackets has also attributed to their decline.
- Top Maoist leadership was ageing and many suffered from ailments.
- The recruitments were also at an all-time low as security forces had penetrated many territories in the past decade.
When did occur maximum number of incidents?
- With 2,258 the maximum number of incidents reported in 2009.
Who has been involved in the anti-Maoist operation?
- The Border Security Force (BSF) deployed for anti-Maoist operations apart from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) established base at four new locations in Odisha and Chattisgarh.