Incidents Of Left Wing Extremism Down By 47 Per Cent Since 2015, Govt Tells Rajya SabhaRepresentative image: A Maoist rally (Wikimedia Commons) 

In a setback to naxalism, the incidents related to Left-wing extremism (LWE) have decreased by 47 per cent between 2015 and 2020 as compared to incidents in the preceding six years from 2009 to 2014, reports The Times of India.

In a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday (10 February), minister of state for home G Kishan Reddy mentioned that the geographic spread or arc of naxalite violence had been contained to 53 districts across nine states in 2020 as compared to 76 districts across 10 states in 2013.

Minister G Kishan Reddy said that the steadfast implementation of the multi-pronged strategy to counter LWE had resulted in consistent decline in violence and shrinkage in geographical spread.

“The incidents of LWE violence have reduced by 70% from an all-time high of 2,258 in 2009 to 665 in 2020. Similarly deaths (civilians + forces) have reduced by 80% from all time high of 1,005 in 2010 to 183 in 2020. The spread has been constricted and only 9 states reported LWE related violence as compared to 10 states in 2013,” he stated.

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