Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Thursday said he was concerned over the Maoist activities in the state and keeping a strict vigil on their activities in nine districts.

"We are concerned over Maoist activities in parts of nine districts of Assam. Their presence is in 35 police station areas of the districts," Gogoi told reporters in Guwahati.

"We have been keeping a strict vigil on the Maoists since 2006 and that is why they have not been able to step up their activities in the state as much as they would have liked", he said.

A close watch was kept on particularly in the areas where poor people lived, as Maoists attempt to make inroad in the districts, he said, adding that suspected sympathizers of the Maoist rebels are also under surveillance.

The chief minister said he was aware of the people's demands of land deeds, infrastructure development, checking of erosion among others and was working hard to reach the fruits of development to the people there.

The nine affected districts are Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Jorhat, Sibsagar, Golaghat, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Cachar and Karimganj, he said.

Due to the alertness, four Maoists were killed in encounters with the police and 58, including two top national level leaders, arrested recently, he said.

The state government has urged the Centre to declare the nine districts as Left Wing Extremism (Maoist) affected areas, official sources said.

If declared, the Centre through the Ministry Of Home Affairs would provide special infrastructure development fund of Rs 10 crore per year to each district, the sources added.

Senior CPI (Maoist) leader Anukul Chandra Naskar alias 'Pareshda' (76) and his wife Kabita Rabha (31) were arrested early this month from separate areas and several items including computers were recovered from her.

Her elder brother Prassana alias Lambu (35), also a CPI (Maoist) district committee member in Assam, was arrested in Ranchi by Jharkhand Police recently.

(Agencies)

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