Odisha: 11 Civilians Killed In Crossfire Between Security Forces & Maoists In 5 Years

Bhubaneswar: A total of 11 civilians, 3 State police personnel and an equal number of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) have been killed in 115 incidents of exchange of fire between security forces and Maoists in Odisha since 2015 till date (31 October 2019), informed Minister of State (MoS) for Home Dibya Shankar Mishra here today.

The Minister said this in a written reply in response to a question by Congress Member Santosh Singh Saluja.

Giving year-wise details of casualties in the aforementioned incidents, Mishra said that in 2015 three CAPF personnel and six civilians were killed; in 2016 one State police personnel and five civilians were killed; in 2017 one State police personnel was killed while there were no casualties of CAPF personnel or civilians; in 2018 there were no casualties; in 2019 till October 31 one personnel from the State police was killed.

He further said that currently, 15 districts: Angul, Bargarh, Bolangir, Boudh, Deogarh, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nawarangpur, Nayagarh, Nuapada, Raygada, Sambalpur, and Sundargarh are affected by Maoist activities.

Mishra said that the State government has implemented a ‘Surrender & Rehabilitation Policy’ for the rehabilitation of Maoists and their inclusion in the mainstream of society.

The Minister stated that under the provisions of the policy, financial assistance up to a maximum of Rs 2.5 lakh will be paid to mid-level and grassroots level cadre Maoists who have surrendered. There is also provision for providing an assistance of Rs 45,000 for house building, four decimals of homestead land or Rs 25,000 in lieu of that he added.

Moreover, Rs 35,000 is paid to those surrendering with arms and in the event of surrendered Maoists expressing a desire for studying an annual assistance of Rs 3,000 will be provided and in the event of the surrendered Maoist crossing the age limit for joining a regular school, arrangements will be made to impart him/her with education through National Institute of Open Schooling, the Minister pointed out.

He said that in the event of the surrendered Maoist being unmarried and desires to marry, he/she will be provided with an incentive of Rs 25,000.

Besides, there is provision to provide a monthly stipend of Rs 4,000 subject to a maximum of 36 months to a surrendered Maoist for undergoing vocational training.

Listing out assistance given to families of security personnel killed in action in anti-Maoist operations on compassionate grounds, Mishra said that families of security personnel killed in action are paid ex-gratia up to Rs 20 lakh; up to Rs 8 lakh assistance to security personnel injured in action; monthly assistance of Rs 1,000 to maximum two children up to graduation level to children of security personnel killed in action; government job up to Group-B level to one person from the deceased security personnel’s family; special family pension to the deceased’s family; and provision of four decimal in urban areas or 10 decimal of homestead land to the family of the deceased security personnel.

The Minister said that family members of civilians killed in Naxal attacks are paid an ex-gratia amount of Rs 4 lakh by the state government in addition to Rs 5 lakh paid by the Central government through the Collector under the Central Assistance Scheme.