In 2006 India's intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing estimated that 20,000 armed cadre Naxalites were operating in addition to 50,000 regular cadres[6] and their

Area of operation of Naxals

growing influence prompted Indian Prime Minister 
Manmohan Singh to declare them to be the most serious internal threat to India's national security.

Naxals are influenced by the Communist Party of India (Maoist).

The Prime Minister, referred to above, said that the "deprived and alienated sections of the population" forms the backbone of the Maoist movement in India.[14] The government officials have declared that, in 2013, 76 districts in the country were affected by "left wing extremism", with another 106 districts in ideological influence.[15]

The Naxalite rebellion started in 1967.

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