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Red Corridor Hits Dead End

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Author: Col Utkarsh S Rathore (Retd)

In an indicator of the shrinking arc of the Naxal influence, in April 2018, the Ministry of Home Affairs had removed 44 districts (Odisha and Bihar 6 each, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh 3 each, Jharkhand 2 and Maharashtra 1) out of 126 from the list of Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected districts. The communique said that Naxal presence was confined only to 30 worst-hit districts – Jharkhand 13, Chhattisgarh 8, Bihar 4, Odisha 2, and Telangana, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh 1 each. However, 8 new districts (Kerala 3, Odisha 2, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh 1 each) were added to the list as a pre-emptive step to check any attempts by Naxals to recapture the lost ground.

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