A State Of Unrest
- Of 409 Maoist killings in 2012 (296 civilians, 113 securitymen), Jharkhand accounted for 160
- This was way above 107 in Chhattisgarh, 45 in Orissa, 43 in Bihar, 41 in Maharashtra or 13 in AP
- Not just mainline CPI (Maoist) but splinter groups are in overdrive
- Proximity to other Maoist-affected states, tribal exploitation, political instability make the state fertile ground for Maoist recruitment and activity.
No sooner had the Union home ministry identified Jharkhand as the state worst affected by left-wing extremism in 2012 than Maoists gunned down 11 policemen in the Katiya forest of Latehar district. It was almost as if the January 7 massacre of 10 CRPF and one Jharkhand Jaguar jawan was expressly meant to underscore the government’s admission of the sharp ascendancy in the trajectory of Maoist violence in the mineral-rich state.
The clouds of war—civil war to be precise—indeed hang low over...