New Delhi, March 11 : Home Minister Shivraj Patil told Lok Sabha members that there is no connection between Naxalites and Maoists of Nepal.
To a question by the opposition, he said, "Jharkhand police arrested a Naxalite and gathered information that the extremists have made a budget of Rs 60 crore during 2007-09 to obtain weapons and explosives."
The Maoist dominance is well documented and officially confirmed.
According to a March 2007 Bihar Police document, 30 of the State's 38 Districts are currently affected by Maoist activities. Nine of these have been designated 'hyper-sensitive'. A further nine Districts fall into the 'sensitive' category, while the remaining 12 Districts are categorised 'less sensitive'.
According to the Institute for Conflict Management's database, Maoist activities - though not necessarily Maoist violence - in 2006 and 2007 (till December 20), was reported from 32 Districts.
While Maoist influence has been most visible over the southern and central Districts, the northern Districts, sharing border with Nepal, have also been witnessing increasing mobilisation as well as the actual orchestration of attacks, indicating a comprehensive expansion of the Maoist strength across the State's geographical spread.
Bihar remains a critical centre for the Maoist strategic outreach. In spite of significant arrests, the at least 2,500 strong cadre of the CPI-Maoist has found it easy to retain its strongholds in the State.