Bhubaneswar, Dec 2:
Seven security personnel and 21 Maoists have been killed while 87 ultras have surrendered before police till November end this year, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik informed the state Assembly on Monday.
Patnaik, who is also the Home Minister of the state, told the Assembly that the single biggest incident of Maoist outrage this year was an ambush in Koraput district, which killed four BSF personnel, while the gunning down of 13 Maoists in Malkangiri district was the biggest casualty on the other side.
Maoists were also killed in five other districts, Patnaik said adding four ultras were gunned down in Rayagada district while one each were killed in Koraput, Bolangir, Baragarh and Gajapati districts.
Of the 87 ultras who have surrendered this year, 65 came from Malkangiri district, followed by 9 in Koraput district and five in Rayagada district. Two others surrendered in Nabarangpur, while one each surrendered in Kandhamal, Gajapati, Sundergarh, Keonjhar, Sambalpur and Dhenkanal.
Even though the Maoist violence has come down significantly in the recent past, the movement and activities of Maoists still remain a concern for the state. Only Nayagarh, Jajpur and Dhenkanal remained free from Maoist violence and influence this year while six other districts – Gajapati, Ganjam, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Deogarh and Sundergarh- were not considered as free from the menace in view of the movement and activities of the ultras.