New Delhi: The Maoist insurgency is one of the major problems in today’s times that the north eastern states of India are facing. Maoists operate in at least 20 of India’s 28 states and have been described as the country’s biggest internal security threat. They have thousands of fighters, according to the Home Ministry. The Maoists have been fighting for more than three decades in eastern India, staging attacks against the authorities and the forces.
Here is a timeline of the recent Maoist attacks:
January 27, 2016: Five policemen and two civilians were killed in a Maoist attack in Jharkhand’s Palamu on January 27. The Naxals had planted IED bombs at Mohuadand-Japla road near Kalapahar village. The IED went off when the vehicle carrying the CRPF personnel were leading to the contingent of Paramilitary and District Armed Forces.
Febraury 17, 2016: Two jawans were shot by Naxals, recieving minor injuries in Chattisgarh’s Maoist-hit Rajnandgaon district.
March 4, 2016: Three CRPF men were killed and over a dozen injured after a gunfight between Naxals and the security forces in Chattisgarh’s worst Maoist violence-affected Sukma district.
March 31, 2016: Seven para-military soldiers were killed in a landmine blast in central Chattisgarh. The vehicle carrying the CRPF personnel hit the landmine in Dantewada and the impact of blast was such that the vehicle blew into pieces.
May 17, 2016: Naxals attacked a CRPF camp in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, killing one jawan. Officilas said that Maoists mounted sniper fire on a CRPF camp in Gangloor.
June 19, 2016: At least 10 paramilitary commandos were killed and five injured in a Maoist attack in Bihar’s Aurangabad district. The commandos, who belonged to the COBRA battalion of the CRPF, were killed in a serial blast in a forest region.