Out of 135, only 10 districts 'worst hit' by Maoist activities: Rajnath Singh

The senior BJP leader added that the northeast has also seen a dip in extremist activities.

Published: 08th June 2018 09:51 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th June 2018 09:51 PM   |  A+A-

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh addresses a press conference as Jammu and Kashmir deputy chief minister Kavinder Gupta and PMO MoS Jitendra Singh look on in Jammu on Friday June 08 2018. | PTI

By PTI

JAMMU: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said out of 135 districts affected by Maoist violence, only 10 districts remained "worst hit", asserting that there had been a considerable fall in left-wing extremism in the country.

He said the Maoists, extremists and militants were fighting a losing battle.

"As far as the Maoists are concerned, they are fighting a lost battle. Extremism by Maoists has shown a significant decrease ( in the country)," Singh said at a press conference here.

The home minister said Maoist influence was spread across 135 districts of the country.

"Now it has come down to 90 districts. This is the achievement of our four years of rule and if we go further in describing it, only ten districts have been left where there is high influence of Maoists," he said.

On being asked about reports that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on the radar of such extremists, Singh said, "We are very cautious about the security of our prime minister".

The senior BJP leader added that the northeast has also seen a dip in extremist activities.

He said there has been 85 per cent decrease in extremism in the north east.

Singh, who reached Jammu and Kashmir yesterday for a two-day visit, also visited the border belts of Kupwara and R S Pura.

He also addressed a sports conclave in Srinagar.

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