Director, Health Services, R Prasanna says funds were used from the District Mineral Foundation and National Health Mission to create these incentivised slabs
'This is considered their stronghold. That weakens if a road is built. At least half of the 18-km road has been built, and they were desperate,” an official said.
The Maoists struck at 9 am, a kilometre from the Bhejji camp, towards Kottacheru, when more than hundred CRPF personnel were on their way for an area-domination exercise.
Yadav, who freelanced for two newspapers, was arrested hours after he had an altercation with police officers at the Darbha police station.
Katekalyan has quietly been building another identity — as the nursery of organic farming mushrooming across the district, where farmers have come together to set up a company to market their produce across the country.
All letters issued to Kalluri are in connection with a private function held in Jagdalpur, in which Sukma SP IK Elsela allegedly said that human rights workers should be run over by vehicles.
The Congress protested in the Assembly against the police official’s alleged remark that human rights organisations should be “run over by vehicles”.
The address came a day after the spiritual leader went to the Maoist violence-hit district of Bijapur to open a sports academy, with a satsang also organised in the district headquarters in the evening.
Chhattisgarh-based freelance journalist Santosh Yadav was arrested hours after a reported altercation with senior police officers in Darbha, after he had asked the police about five villagers missing from Badrimau village.
The money they were supposed to get did not land and Khande’s son and his family left for the kilns, ignoring warnings about what could be in store.
The villagers say that the duo went to the bazaar in Kirandul on January 28 to buy supplies for Kadti’s newborn child when they were picked up and later killed
In July 2011, a police team from the Chando police station, close to the Jharkhand border in north Chhattisgarh, had shot and killed Khalkho.
Seven years ago, he allegedly killed his parents and buried them in the lawns of his house. Then, he allegedly killed his ‘girlfriend’, entombed the body and carried out a stunning impersonation of her.
The Chhattisgarh government has long being accused of allowing groups that use intimidatory tactics to flourish in Bastar.
Kalluri was SSP Dantewada when there were allegations that security forces burnt homes and raped three women in the villages of Tadmetla and Morpalli in Sukma.
With no transfer orders issued thus far, a senior official said that he had not “officially rejoined work thus far”.
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The move comes a day after the government asked Bastar Inspector General SRP Kalluri to go on medical leave following allegations of police excesses and intimidation of researchers, activists and journalists.
While the state government has attempted a facesaver, claiming that Kalluri had asked for leave on health grounds, the IG said he was “under orders to proceed on leave”.
Over the past three years, surrender numbers have shot up in Bastar, with 1,210 listed in 2016.
The meetings came a day after messages from activists from across the country to Bastar police officers seeking assurances on Bela Bhatia’s safety were replied to in an “intimidatory, threatening, and abusive” manner.
Activist Bela Bhatia has been under pressure to leave since she accompanied a National Human Rights Commission team to Bijapur to record statements of alleged rape and sexual assault victims
In November 2015, Bhatia entered villages deep inside Bijapur, facilitated the registration of FIRs and brought the alleged incidents to public attention.
The tapes showed conversations between Chief Minister Raman Singh’s relative Puneet Gupta and Ajit and Amit Jogi, who have since broken away from the Congress, among others.
The NHRC report upholding their claims of rape, assault by security forces is just the first step. For the victims living in villages deep inside Bastar, making it to court hearings itself is a battle.
In 2016, the number of bodies of Maoists recovered jumped 200% over 2015, the number of surrenders shot up by an unprecedented 270%. But such good numbers could be too good to be true, some suspect.
Police officers said that the operation was launched in the highly sensitive Nayanpur district, considered the strongest bastion of Maoists, two days ago.
The Chhattisgarh Janata Congress called for President’s rule and said that the root cause of the issue was political leaders giving their support to vigilante groups and special police officers.
In its press release, the NHRC said it took suo motu cognizance of The Indian Express report dated November 2, 2015, and sent an investigation team to the spot on February 22, 2016.
The petitioners have called the encounter “fake” and alleged that security personnel picked up Bal Singh Sori from his home and informed his wife the next day that he was killed in an encounter.
Fresh exchange of fire was reported near Kondapalli and Puverti on Wednesday.
As the crowd picked up tomatoes, then capsicum, and then green bananas, peals of laughter were heard.
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Refusing to give details, a police official confirmed they have received “such a complaint and are looking at it.”
The family had asked for “an independent, high-powered SIT to inquire into this encounter... and another detailed postmortem”.
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