Maoists blow up forest department office in Maharashtra
The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres blew up a range office of the forest department at Decchli village in Aheri tehsil (revenue unit) in Gadchiroli District on July 8, using Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders meant for distribution among tribals under a government scheme, reports Indian Express. All official documents were gutted in the explosion and the roof of the office blown off. The Maoists left a written warning that no villager should work for any forest department programme such as plantation, protection monitoring etc.
“Around 50-60 Naxals (left Wing Extremism, LWE) came at midnight, took two of the cylinders in our stock to the range office and ignited a blast. All documents were gutted in the fire,” said a senior forest official. “Naxals have warned the villagers not to work for us in any manner,” he added. The Decchli range office was burnt by the Naxals in a similar fashion in 2011-12.
11 police informers killed in Chhattisgarh this year
As many as 11 police informers were killed by Naxals in the first six months of this year in Chhattisgarh which witnessed 245 incidents of red-rebel violence. According to Home Ministry statistics, informers were killed mostly in rural areas of Chhattisgarh where Naxals continue to have dominance. However, there have been improvement in the security situation in Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha and Maharashtra where incidents of Naxal violence has come down significantly.
A total of 562 incidents of Naxal violence were reported across the country from January 1 to June 15, 2015, of which 155 were reported in Jharkhand (188 incidents in corresponding period in 2014), 55 incidents in Bihar (55 in 2014), 31 in Odisha (61 in 2014) and 25 in Maharashtra (43 in 2014. Similarly, there has been a fall in casualties in Naxal violence — from 177 in first six months of 2014 to 111 in 2015. 184 Naxals have surrendered till June 15 this year while 176 extremists surrendered in the same period last year. In Chhattisgarh, 82 Maoists have surrendered so far this year while last year only 35 extremists had given up arms. In Jharkhand, security forces killed 19 Maoists till June 15 this year in comparison to just two in the corresponding period in 2014. As many as 177 Maoists were arrested by security forces in Jharkahand in comparison to 142 in the same period last year.