LWE Violence Down in Chhattisgarh in 2018, Spike in Jharkhand State Elections
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri G. Kishan Reddy, in a written reply to a question regarding Maoists attacks in Chhattisgarh, in Rajya Sabha today, said that in 2019, the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) related incidents and deaths in Chhattisgarh have reduced considerably in comparison with 2018.
To combat the LWE menace in a holistic manner, Shri Reddy said, the Government of India has formulated a National Policy and Action Plan in 2015, which envisages a multi-pronged approach comprising security, development and ensuring rights & entitlements of local communities etc.
Ministry of Home Affairs is supporting the State Governments extensively by way of deployment of CAPF Battalions, provision of helicopters and UAVs and sanction of India Reserve Battalions (IRBs)/ Special India Reserve Battalions (SIRBs) etc. Funds are provided under Modernisation of Police Force (MPF), Security Related Expenditure (SRE) Scheme and Special Infrastructure Scheme (SIS) for capacity building of State Police, intelligence agencies and CAPFs.
In addition to flagship schemes of the Central Government, several development initiatives have been undertaken for construction of roads, installation of mobile towers, skill development, improvement in network of banks and post offices, health and education facilities, the Minister stated.
With elections to the 81 member assembly in Jharkhand slated in five phases from November 30 to December 23, the Maoists have increased their activity in the state launching ambushes, IEDs and attacks on public and private infrastructure.
In the first phase elections were held in thirteen seats, Chatra, Gumla, Bishunpur, Lohardaga, Manika, Latehar, Panki, Daltonganj, Bishrampur, Chhatarpur, Hussainabad, Garhwa and Bhawanathpur. Of these, Chatra, Gumla, Lohardaga, Latehar and Garhwa are designated by the ministry of home affairs as affected by LWE.
A culvert on Gumla-Lohardaga border was blown up by Maoists soon after the voting began in the first phase of polls in Jharkhand on 30 November. However the voting was brisk and the percentage was over 60 %.