Sukma attack: Maoist-related violence killed 72 security personnel in 2017, highest in Chhattisgarh since 2011

With 72 security personnel killed in Maoist-related violence in 2017, it is already the deadliest year in the past seven years for CRPF

IndiaSpend April 24, 2017 22:10:20 IST
Sukma attack: Maoist-related violence killed 72 security personnel in 2017, highest in Chhattisgarh since 2011

Devanik Saha

With 72 security personnel killed in Maoist-related violence in 2017, it is already the deadliest year in the past seven years for Indian security forces, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of data from South Asian Terrorism Portal (SATP).

On April 24, 2017, 26 Central Reserve Paramilitary Force (CRPF) jawans were killed in an ambush by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district. The encounter with 74 battalion of CRPF occurred at Kala Pathar near Chintagufa in Sukma, the worst Maoist violence-affected district in south Bastar area of the state.

Sukma attack Maoistrelated violence killed 72 security personnel in 2017 highest in Chhattisgarh since 2011

Graph based on data from South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP). The SATP portal has updated data only till 16 April 2017. We have added deaths of jawans on 24 April 2017 in our analysis. Image courtesy: Indiaspend

Maoist outfits cause the most terror deaths in India, IndiaSpend reported on 19 November 2015.

Maoists are left-wing communist radicals attempting to overthrow India’s government through force. The regions most affected by Maoist violence lie in a wide swath of mineral-rich, forested tribal lands, from Maharashtra to West Bengal. Tribals account for a third of the 21 million people displaced by development projects, as IndiaSpend reported on June 17, 2014, fuelling a resentment that the Naxals exploit.

April 2017: Deadliest month in past seven years

With 49 deaths, April 2017 is the deadliest month for CRPF in Chhattisgarh in the past seven years. The deadliest month in the past decade was April 2010, when 76 security personnel died in Dantewada, the most fatal Maoist ambush ever.

Sukma attack Maoistrelated violence killed 72 security personnel in 2017 highest in Chhattisgarh since 2011

Graph based on data from South Asia Terrorism Portal. Image courtesy: Indiaspend

More security forces have died in Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled Chhattisgarh (235) than in any other state between 2011 and 2015, IndiaSpend reported on April 14, 2015.

Sukma attack Maoistrelated violence killed 72 security personnel in 2017 highest in Chhattisgarh since 2011

The author is an MA Gender and Development student at Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.
Indiaspend.org is a data-driven, public-interest journalism non-profit

Updated Date:

also read

Tokyo Olympics 2020: ‘You gave your best’, PM Narendra Modi tells CA Bhavani Devi after fencer’s historic run ends at Games
Sports

Tokyo Olympics 2020: ‘You gave your best’, PM Narendra Modi tells CA Bhavani Devi after fencer’s historic run ends at Games

Bhavani Devi began her campaign with a confident 15-3 win against Tunisia's Nadia Ben Azizi but bumped into Rio Olympics semi-finalist Frenchwoman Brunet in the next round, which she lost 7-15.

PM meets social and religous leaders, asks them to help tackle COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy
India

PM meets social and religous leaders, asks them to help tackle COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy

The leaders voiced their support towards spreading awareness about the ongoing vaccination drive and provided their ideas and suggestions for preventing the third wave, as per the PMO

Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa says decision on leadership by Monday amid buzz over replacement
India

Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa says decision on leadership by Monday amid buzz over replacement

The 78-year-old Lingayat strongman said this evening that he was yet to receive the 'message' from the party's Central leadership on whether he should continue in his post or quit