Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, July 24:
The white paper of the Home department on the law and order situation in Odisha presented in the Assembly on Thursday revealed that a total of 23 Maoists were killed in police encounter while the red rebels killed 29 persons in 2013.
Out of the 29 killed, seven are security personnel and 22 civilians.
Despite this, the white paper has claimed that the number of Maoist violence in the state had come down to 74 in 2013.
While the police have arrested 111 Maoists and Maoist sympathizers, 92 left wing ultras have surrendered during the period, it stated.
The white paper has also claimed that the state government has been able to contain Maoist violence in Gajapati, Ganjam, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Sambalpur, Mayurbhanj, Deogarh, Sundargarh and Nayagarh districts while the situation in Malkangiri, Koraput, Bolangir, Nuapada, Rayagada, Bargarh, Kalahandi and Nabarangpur districts is under control.
Apart from this, the activities of the Maoist-backed Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) have been brought under control in Narayanpatna and Bandhugan blocks in Koraput district, it claimed.