Raipur: Amid rise in naxal violence, the Chhattisgarh government has extended ban on the CPI(Maoist) and its other extremist units for one year.

The State government has banned the CPI(Maoist) and its half a dozen extremist groups under the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act 2005, calling them “illegal” organisations, official sources said. The banned groups include Krantikari Adivasi Mahila Sangh, Krantikari Balak Sangh, Krantikari Kisan Committee.

The Home Department issued the notification in this regard on April 22 which will come into retrospective effect from April 12, 2009, they said. The sanction on the organisations was extended by a year on April 11, 2008. They were first banned in 2005 and since the duration of the ban has been extended.

At least 2,000 people have been killed in the naxal violence in the State while security forces have killed nearly 1,000 ultras since the formation of Chhattisgarh, they said. — PTI