26 districts affected ‘severely’ by naxals
The CPI (Maoist), the main left-wing extremist (LWE) group, has been trying to expand its activities in various states of the country. The states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Odisha are considered badly affected by LWE, according to the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Jitendra Singh.
The states of West Bengal and Maharashtra are considered partially affected. The states of Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh are considered slightly affected states. There is substantial improvement in the situation in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, whereas LWE violence has remained low-key in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
It is further clarified around 26 districts in India account for nearly 80 per cent of the total LWE violence. The total number of ‘violence affected’ districts has to be viewed in this overall context.
During the high-level meetings held with the Chief Ministers, the Chief Secretaries and the Director Generals of Police of the LEW-affected states, the latest LWE scenario in the country is generally reviewed. In these meetings, a number of strategic and tactical