Out of the 40 districts in the State, 33 are naxal-affected

‘Sarkar Apke Dwar' scheme in seven naxal-hit districts has yielded positive results

Patna:Altogether 160 civilians and 77 police personnel were killed in 338 naxal strikes during the past four years in Bihar, the State Government informed the Assembly on Monday.

Replying to a query by Ramdeo Verma (CPI-M), Minister in charge of Home Affairs Brijendra Prasad Yadav said out of the 40 districts in the State, 33 are naxal-affected and a total of 160 civilians and 77 policemen were killed in 338 Maoist attacks during the past four years.

While 49 civilians and eight policemen were killed in 63 naxal attacks in 2006, 39 people and 23 policemen were killed in 73 attacks by the red army in 2007, the Minister told the House. The Maoists stepped up their activities and killed 43 civilians and 21 policemen in 79 attacks during 2008 and in 2009 the rebels killed 29 people and 25 police personnel in 123 attacks.

Giving details of the naxal-hit districts, he said of the 38 Maoist-hit districts, 20 fall under ‘A' category (worst affected). These include Gaya, Aurangabad, Rohtas, Jamui, Munger, Kaimur, Bhojpur, Nawada, Jehanabad, Arwal, Motihari, Patna, Sitamarhi, Bagaha, Bettiah, Banka, Sheohar, Lakhisarai, Vaishali and Begusarai.

Measures taken

Five districts -- Buxar, Khagaria, Muzaffarpur, Saharsa, and Nalanda -- fall under ‘B' category (moderately hit), while Siwan, Saran, Samastipur, Katihar, Purnia, Bhagalpur, Sheikhpura and Darbhanga districts are less affected and fall under ‘C' category.

Mr. Yadav said the State Government has initiated a number of short-term and long-term measures to bring the naxalites back to the mainstream and so far 297 rebels have laid arms and many have expressed their willingness to surrender.

The scheme ‘Sarkar Apke Dwar' (government at your door steps) in seven naxal-hit districts has yielded positive results and the government will extend the project to other districts as well, he said.

The minister said that to counter the vilification campaign launched by the ultras, the government would launch community policing under which health camps would be organised and police would ensure the presence of children in schools.

He said 23 CRPF companies have been deployed in naxalite-affected districts. They are operating in collaboration with district police and special task force (STF).

Mr. Yadav said the government has purchased anti-landmine vehicles, special search torches and sophisticated firearms to combat the Maoists menace. As many as 1,900 jawans of Bihar Military Police were sent to other States to get special commando training.

According to the Minister, 226 cases of naxalite-related cases were disposed of through speedy trials during 2007-09.

New appointments

The government is in the process of appointing 12,737 policemen and has already appointed 7,888 retiredmilitary personnel on contract basis known as State Auxiliary Police (SAP) to aid the para military police and district police in launching operations against the red army.

He denied Mr. Verma's charge that naxalism had grown in the State due to non-implementation of land reforms measures and said the West Bengal Government has implemented land reforms measures but even then the naxalites are ruling the roost in that State. -- PTI