Ranchi: Maoist attacks continued unabated in 2011 in Jharkhand where the political scene remained surprisingly stable and Team India's exploits under local boy Mahendra Singh Dhoni's leadership gave people in the state some rare moments to celebrate.

The year ended on a sombre note when Left-wing guerrillas attacked former assembly speaker Inder Singh Namdhari's convoy at Ladu More in Latehar on December 3, killing the policemen escorting the Independent MP and an eight-year-old boy. Thirty police personnel were killed last year.

The Maoists continued with their violent activities in the wake of their politburo member Kishenji's killing by destroying railway tracks, school buildings, machinery and government property worth crores of rupees.

The security forces met some success with anti-Naxal initiatives like 'Operation Monsoon' in Saranda forests and 'Operation Prahar' in Latehar.

Maoists hacked to death nun and anti-displacement activist Sister Valsha John in Pakur district in November in connection with what the police claimed an alleged financial deal with a private coal company.

Dhoni, however, continued to bring cheers to his large following back home with his leadership and performance and deservingly found a place in Time Magazine's list of 100 influential people of 2011.

Fans in April celebrated the exploits of Dhoni's daredevils who beat Sri Lanka in the World Cup final.

Chief Minister Arjun Munda made him the brand ambassador of the forest department for its Save Tiger campaign. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram visited the state during the year and advised the government and security officials that there should be no "rest" till the Maoists are rooted out.

The year saw slow pace in the disposal of cases pertaining to the Rs 950 crore fodder scam with only one case being disposed of and about 70 people convicted compared to 200 convictions in 2010.

A total of 38 of the 53 fodder cases have been disposed of since the scam broke in the 1990s. The CBI also arrested the then head of the Animal Husbandry Department Vijay Shankar Narayan Singh during the year.

The bygone year saw political stability in the state for the first time since its creation in 2000. The BJP-JMM-AJSU-JDU government introduced a plethora of welfare schemes with the chief minister personally inspecting road conditions and other developmental works across the state.

In the wake of a huge response from the people to Anna Hazare's movement, the Munda government showed some urgency to curb corruption and launched anti-corruption drive, resulting in the suspension of some government employees while the vigilance bureau arrested a few senior officials on corruption and bribery charges.

Munda also suggested that the chief minister's office should come under the Lokayukta.

But the killing of five dwellers in police firing during an anti-encroachment drive in Dhanbad and Ranchi in April invited Opposition flak, but Munda made amends by relaxing norms in the land design. The Income Tax department seized Rs 75 crore from the premises of contractor Lal Babu Singh in Dhanbad in November, claiming it was the highest cash seizure from any individual in the country.

The erstwhile Madhu Koda regime once again hogged headlines when Bhanu Pratap Sahi, who was the health minister then, surrendered before a special CBI court in connection with medicine scam, days before IAS officer Pradeep Kumar's surrender in the same case as he was the health secretary then.

Another incident which made news was the beating up of Koda allegedly by two inmates inside the Birsa Munda central jail in October.

Koda, who was arrested on November 30, 2009 on corruption charges, completed two years in judicial custody along with his former cabinet colleagues Enos Ekka, Kamlesh Singh and Hari Narayan Rai -- all of them facing corruption charges in the special courts of the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate.

The year 2011 saw the unearthing of yet another scam -- the land scam in Deogarh with the state vigilance bureau investigating it.