Naxal violence has left over 500 people dead this year and the front organisations of the Maoists are “very active” in urban and semi-urban areas, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.
“It is a fact that the CPI (Maoist) have formed a number of front organisations who espouse various causes including alleged human right violations. Such organisations are very active in urban and semi-urban areas of many states,” Minister of State for Home Jitendra Singh said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.
“No inputs are, however, available to suggest direct links between CPI (Maoist) and Muslim fundamentalist elements,” he said.
Singh also said a total of 512 people have been killed in incidents of Naxal violence till November 14 this year.
Deaths due to landmine and other blasts triggered by the Maoists were recorded the maximum — 29 — in Naxal-hit Chhattisgarh during the same period.
The number of incidents of abduction and extortion by Maoists in various states were recorded at 169 and 149 respectively in the same period.