Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Chhattisgarh accounts for 44 per cent of Naxal violence

Chhattisgarh accounts for 44 per cent of Naxal violence
New Delhi, July 26: Chhattisgarh alone accounts for over 44 per cent of incidents of Naxal violence across the country till June this year and 62 per cent of the casualties are reported from the state, the Rajya Sabha was told yesterday.

In a statement on the recent Naxal attack at the Errabore relief camp, Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal said the state government was taking steps to deal with the menace and the Centre was helping it to counter violence.

He said in the last two years, the Centre has given Rs.60 crore for modernising the state police force and Rs.13 crore under the Security Related Expenditure (SRE) scheme.

A sum of Rs.52 crore has been sanctioned to the state to raise four India Reserve Battalions, he said.

He also said seven battalions of para-military forces have been deployed and a helicopter, 25 armoured vehicles and other equipment were given to the state. Besides, Rs.165 crore has been released under the Backward Districts Initiative (BDI) for socio-economic development in the Naxal-affected districts.


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