Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the multi-pronged strategy being implemented by the Centre is helping in addressing the problem and maximum possible assistance is being provided to the affected states.

There are incidents of extortion and killing in naxal-affected areas, he said while replying to questions. Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said the government would work in a "mission mode" to address the problem and end naxalism.

Insisting that the government strategy is showing results, Rajnath Singh cited the number of deaths of civilians and security personnel due to naxal and maoist activities came down last year to 226 compared to 1,005 in 2010.

In 2015, 168 civilians and 58 security personnel were killed whereas 720 civilians and 285 security personnel died in 2010, Singh said.

There were 2,230 incidents related to naxals and Maoists in 2010, he added. "According to reports, Left Wing Extremists groups, particularly the CPI (Maoist), reportedly resort to extortion from industrialists, businessmen and contractors," Chaudhary said.

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