Lashing at the growing menace of left-wing terrorism in the country, Home Minister Amit Shah said the idea is against democracy and government is committed to uprooting it. He was speaking during a review meeting on the security situation in Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected areas.
Later, in a tweet, Mr Shah said, he had a very fruitful meeting with the Chief Ministers of Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected states in New Delhi. Chief Ministers of LWE affected states took part in the meeting.
Had a very fruitful meeting with the CM’s of the LWE affected states.
Discussed several issues related to the security & development of these states.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 26, 2019
Home Minister said the meeting discussed several issues related to the security and development of these states. The last five years have seen a significant improvement in the LWE scenario across the country.
Left-wing extremists, popularly known as Maoists worldwide and as Naxalites in India–have been gaining in strength and influence since some time. Today, the menace of Left-wing extremism is the single internal security threat that affects the largest number of states in India.
The States of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Kerala are considered LWE affected, although in varying degrees.
There has been a substantial decrease in LWE-related violence since 2016. As per latest Home Ministry data, the number of violent incidents has reduced by 43 per cent and resultant deaths by 61 per cent in last five years as compared to the preceding five-year period from 2009 to 13.