As many as 76 Naxals were killed in “encounters” and 1,017 arrested by security forces in Chhattisgarh in 2017, officials said Tuesday.
59 forces’ personnel were also killed last year, they said, quoting statistics provided by the police in this regard.
Normalcy was restored in many Naxalism-hit areas due to the consistent operations of the security forces and also because of development activities, Special Director General (Anti-Naxal Operations) D M Awasthi told reporters.
The forces achieved a major success in 2017, he said, adding that as many as 76 Maoists, including 51 senior cadre carrying a cumulative cash reward of Rs 2.08 crore on their heads, were killed in “encounters” in the state during the year.
Similarly, 1,017 rebels, including 79 senior cadre carrying a total cash reward of Rs 1.41 crore on their heads, were arrested, the officer said.
At least 221 weapons, including one light machine gun (the first such recovery in the state), six AK-47 rifles, as many Insas rifles and five SLRs were recovered from the insurgents, Awasthi said.
New forward posts were set up in the core Maoist areas for a strategic advance and effective anti-Naxal operations, he added.
Sukma, Dantewada, Narayanpur, Kondgaon, Kanker, Bastar, Rajnandgaon and Kabeerdham were the districts where these posts were set up, the officer said.
Talking about the targets of the police in 2018, he said, “Offensive intelligence-based operations (against Naxals) will be carried out in the core areas this year.”
Addressing the security vacuum in the core areas and providing security to the ongoing road construction works and other development works would also be the key targets of the police this year, Awasthi added.