NEWDELHI: It is no wonder that Chhattisgarh, the epicentre of red terror, is also known as ‘kidnapping gr-ound’ of Naxalites. Since 2008, the left wing extremists have abducted 489 people in the areas under their control and have killed more than 100 people in captivity when their demands were not met .
Official data available with the Home Ministry reveals that in 2011, 61 people were abducted in Chhattisgarh alone, of which 14 were killed by the Maoists. There have also been 13 extortion-related incidents of violence in the State in the past year.
The data of all nine Maoist-infested States, related to kidnapping cases is revealing. In all, in the past two years, the ultras have kidnapped 837 people and killed 181 of them.
A senior security official involved in anti-Naxal operations says the abductions are a new tactic employed by the Maoists, as they see a symbolic victory for themselves when the State governments give in to their demands for the release of their captives.