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Ban on CPI-Maoist, Six Affiliates Extended in Chh’garh

Raipur: Worried over increasing violence with presence of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) in Chhattisgarh expanding, the state government has extended the ban on the group and its six affiliates for one more year.

The notification issued by the home department said that the ban on the CPI-Maoist and its six frontal organisations has been extended till April 12 next year.

It should be mentioned that the six groups operating with its collaboration are Dandakaranya Adivasi Kisan Mazdoor Sangh, Krantikari Adivasi Mahila Sangh, Krantikari Adivasi Balak Sangh, Krantikari Kisan Committee, Mahila Mukti Manch and Jantana Sarkar.

The government has been extending the ban on the outfit and its affiliates for one year every April since it was first announced in April 2006 under sub-section one of section three of the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act, 2005.

The CPI-Maoist, formed by the merger of the Maoist Communist Centre and People’s War Group, commands a massive interior forested belt in the state’s southern mineral rich Bastar region, which comprises the five districts of Dantewada, Bijapur, Bastar, Kanker and Narayanpur.

According to officials at the police headquarters, at least 1,500 people have been killed in Maoist violence in the state since it came into existence in November 2000 after splitting from Madhya Pradesh.

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