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March 14

UHM Rajnath Singh told Lok Sabha that "unprecedented success'' by SFs led to "uneasiness" among Naxal groups. UHM Singh told that improved efficacy of the SFs is evident from the fact that the number of Left-wing extremist killed increased by 150 per cent in 2016. Similarly, surrenders and arrests registered a combined increase of 47 per cent over 2015. In 2016, SFs arrested 779 Naxals while 1,198 surrendered and 135 were eliminated. In 2016 there were 67 per cent encounters and exchange of fire that resulted in neutralization of LWE cadres as against only 36 per cent in 2015.Mr Singh said sustained operations by the security forces ensured that South Bastar districts saw a considerable fall in violence in 2016 - 252 incidents, as against 326 in 2015.

Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Ahir, informed the Lok Sabha that although the Government had made significant headway in the areas affected by LWE, the Centre was willing to hold talks with the Maoist cadres, if the latter agreed to give up arms.

March 21

Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Ahir, informed the Lok Sabha that 150 per cent jump has been witnessed in the number of Naxals killed, it is 222 in 2016 in comparison to 89 in 2015. The Minister said the Government has approved the 'Road Connectivity Project for LWE Affected Areas' that includes construction/ upgradation of 5,411.81 kilometer roads and 126 bridges/cross drainage in 44 Districts of nine LWE affected states at an estimated cost of INR 117.24 billion. He also added, "There is no proposal under consideration to exclude 20 districts from the list of 106 LWE affected Districts."

May 8

The Special Cell of the Delhi Police arrested one of the biggest suppliers of arms and ammunition to the CPI-Maoist cadres, Richhpal Singh (48), at Burari area in North Delhi District. Singh was arrested by the Andhra Police in 2006 for the same charges. He had also opened a factory in the Burhanpur region of Madhya Pradesh. Police say that Singh make the pistols for a sum of INR 3,000 and later supplies them at INR 10,000 in bulk. By the time the criminals get it, the cost of the pistols increases to INR 25,000- 30,000 for a pistol. Police say that Singh, who has been in the business for the last 30 years, has claimed his ancestors have been in the business for the last 80 years.

May 21

Senior Security Adviser to UMHA, K. Vijay Kumar, told reporters in New Delhi, that it was a tough task for the CAFs to carry out counter operations against CPI-Maoist cadres as they move along with people and use them as a shield.

Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.





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