New Delhi, Oct 27: Even though the Naxal situation in the country has improved, Chhattisgarh has emerged as the epicenter of Naxal violence as more than half of Naxal attacks and casualties occur in the state.
The Task Force on Naxalism, which met here today after a gap of three-and-a-half months, reviewed the situation in the country today and felt that the situation need to be closely monitored to contain Naxal violence in the country.
It discussed each state at length and deliberated on further measures to improve the ground level response to deal with the problem of Naxalism, official sources said here.
Nodal officers for Naxal operations and senior police officers of the nine Naxalism-affected states of Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal discussed the operational details in the meeting, they said.
They pointed out that the overall Naxal situation has shown improvement with only 1149 incidents of Naxal violence being reported from the country till September this year as compared to 1274 incidents during the same duration last year which indicate a decline of 9.8 per cent. Of these 1149 incidents, 560 have been reported from Chhattisgarh alone.
Even among the casualty of 562 in Naxal violence 341 deaths, which is 61 per cent, have been reported from Chhattisgarh alone.
However, of the 12476 police stations in the country only 509 have been Naxal-affected.