As police loosen grip, Maoists gaining ground in Bihar, says Centre

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Twenty-one civilians have died in Maoist attacks in Bihar until May 31 this year, more than double the number (10) killed over the same period in 2012, according to the Union home ministry.

More security personnel have died in Naxal attacks in the first five months of 2013 than in the corresponding months of 2012. Only 99 Naxals were arrested and two surrendered until May 31 this year; by contrast, 204 Naxals were arrested and 34 surrendered in the first five months of 2012. Related: Maoists attack train in Bihar, 3 killed

Home ministry officials said Bihar Police has all but stopped operations against the Maoists, frittering away gains made over the last five years. Anti-Maoist special forces are not visible, and the administration has failed to clamp down on Maoist fronts like the Revolutionary Democratic Front, which was allowed to hold a rally in Muzaffarpur despite the Centre's objections.

In February, Union home secretary R K Singh warned of a Naxal "build-up" in Gaya, Jamui and Aurangabad, which accounted for over 60 per cent of Maoist violence in 2012.

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