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26 districts highly Maoist-affected, says govt

Government has identified 26 districts in the country as highly Naxal-affected with 80 per cent violence in the last three years being reported from there.

The districts are spread over seven Maoist-hit states – Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal, official sources said in New Delhi on Friday.

Eight districts in Chhattisgarh where a large number of violence took place in last three years are Bastar, Bijapur, Dantewada, Kanker, Kondagaon, Narayanpur, Rajnandgaon and Sukma.

Jharkhand’s eight districts which have been considered as badly affected are Garhwa, Giridih, Gumla, Khunti, Latehar, Palamu, Simdega and West Singhbhum.

The three districts in Bihar which have been identified as highly violence-prone are Aurangabad, Gaya, and Jamui while three Odisha districts are Koraput, Malkangiri and Bolangir.

Four suspected Maoists, two civilians and a police constable were killed and another civilian was grievously injured, in a police-naxalite encounter near Sindeshur jungle under Dhanora tahsil of Gadchiroli, bordering Chhattisgarh. As per reports reaching the divisional HQs in Nagpur, the incident took place when the Danora dalam (squad) of CPI (Maoist) was holding a secret meeting in the jungle.
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