A report from the US State Department says that the Communist Party of India (Maoist) is the world’s sixth deadliest terror organisation while ranking India as the fourth worst terrorism-hit country. The report indicates that India’s position among the terror hit countries is right after Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.
57% terrorist incidents last year in India were reported from Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). In its Country Report on Terrorism 2018 released on Friday, the State Department has blamed Communist Party of India (Maoist) for the killing of 311 people last year in 177 terror incidents even as the Union home ministry data shows there were 240 deaths in 833 violent incidents involving the group in 2018.
It has ranked the Communist Party of India (Maoist) as the deadliest terror organisation globally after the Taliban (Afghanistan), IS or the so-called Islamic State, Al-Shabaab (Africa), Boko Haram (Africa) and the Communist Party of the Philippines.
The report noted that “weaknesses in intelligence and information sharing negatively impacted state and central law enforcement agencies” in countering terror in India.
CPI-Maoist was formed after the merger of two organisations CPI (ML) People’s War and MCC, both of which were already banned outfits then under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. India banned CPI-Maoist as a terror organisation in 2019 to avoid any ambiguity after the merger of CPI-ML and Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) in 2004.