Dipankar Ghose


Cow carcasses in Chhattisgarh BJP leader’s gaushala: Congress plans protests, BJP says rival has no moral ground
Mon, Aug 21, 2017

As reported earlier by The Indian Express, Verma has blamed the Chhattisgarh Gau Seva Aayog for the cash crunch at the gaushalas. This, despite the three shelters cumulatively receiving more than Rs 1.5 crore over the past six years.

Chhattisgarh horror: In 2 more gaushalas, dozens of carcasses, starving cows
Sun, Aug 20, 2017

On Saturday, the same ghastly scenes of rotting carcasses lying next to weak, hungry cows barely clinging to their lives were seen at Mayuri Gaushala in Rano village and Phulchand Gaushala in Godmarra village, both in Durg.

Held after cows starve to death in his gaushala, BJP leader blames own government
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

Rajpur residents and state officials blame Verma for the deaths of the cows over the last week. But the BJP leader claims his party’s own government let him down by not releasing annual grants for maintaining such gaushalas in a state where cow slaughter is banned.

Chhattisgarh: Minister in land grab row, CM Raman Singh meet Shah
Tue, Aug 15, 2017

On his arrival in Raipur on Sunday night, Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal told the media, “I am happy and content that the (party) national president heard me out for over an hour. After that, I thought that he was satisfied with what I was saying.”

Chhattisgarh: 2 CRPF men accused of sexual harassment of schoolkids, one held
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

One CRPF personnel was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly sexually harassing students of a government school in Chhattisgarh’s Palnar on July 31. Another CRPF personnel wanted in the case went on leave two days after the incident, and a warrant has been issued against him.

Dantewada molestation case: CRPF jawans identified, one arrested
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

A warrant has been issued against the absconding CRPF personnel. Few CRPF troopers were blamed for allegedly molesting school girls during Raksha Bandhan function.

Chhattisgarh: POCSO case against CRPF members for allegedly molesting school girls
Tue, Aug 08, 2017

The alleged incident took place on July 31. A five-member district-level committee was constituted to look into the allegations, after which a case was registered on Monday. AAP tribal leader Soni Sori alleged that the district administration and the police were hushing up the matter.

Five persons run over by train in Sawai Madhopur
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

The victims were passengers of the Jaipur-Bayana Express which halted at platform no. 1. Four of the five deceased were identified as Kamal (19), Nitesh (14), Man Singh and Mukesh (both 35) police officials informed.

Chhattisgarh: Maoists gun down 2 cops in encounter
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

Bodies of the two police personnel have been brought to Rajnandgaon district headquarters from where they will be sent to their native places

Chhattisgarh: Suspension of Assembly session death of democracy, says Opposition
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

At a press meet Friday, State Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel said, “On the first day, we raised the issue of farmer suicides. On the second, we took up land dealings by a minister’s wife and no discussion was allowed."

Chhattisgarh: Amid Congress protests, House session suspended
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

While the Congress said the day signalled the death of democracy, Amit Jogi of Chhattisgarh Janata Congress and two Congress MLAs, who have declared support to him, stayed in the House in protest even as night fell.

Chhattisgarh: Minister family’s resort on forest land echoes in House
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

As Congress MLAs continued to raise slogans, demanding a discussion and arguing that no substantive conversation on serious charges had taken place, Agrawal adjourned the House for the day.

And the land grab goes on: Now, 26 hectares of land leased by govt to tribals and farmers
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

Acquired for resort being built by firm of Chhattisgarh Minister’s wife, son

Besides buying forest land, Chhattisgarh minister wife also encroached on 13.9 hectares of govt land
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

According to government records, six of the 15 different tracts of land allegedly encroached in Chhattisgarh, totalling over 10 hectares, have been documented as “chhote jhaad ke jungle” and “bade jhaad ke jungle”, or jungles comprising small and big shrubs.

Chhattisgarh govt, Minister worked to upgrade village that has wife’s resort
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

On July 25, The Indian Express had first reported that Agrawal’s wife bought the land donated by farmer Vishnu Sahu to the Water Resources department in 1994 which was then transferred to the Forest department with the government’s Rs 22.90 lakh spent on it in 2003 for afforestation.

Chhattisgarh forestland ‘deal’: Will return land if anomalies in deal proved, says BJP minister
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

The minister’s wife, Sarita Agrawal, had bought 4.12 hectares. The land was donated by a farmer named Vishnu Sahu to the state Water Resources Department in 1994, and it was subsequently transferred to the Forest Department. The department spent Rs 22.90 lakh on the piece of land in 2003 as part of an afforestation drive.

Wife’s land: Chhattisgarh Minister says didn’t know status, records say otherwise
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

Speaking to The Indian Express, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said, “I have asked the Chief Secretary for an urgent report from the Collector and other officers as to how the land was bought and what procedure was followed."

‘Kuch dalal aaye the… later, I found that mantriji bought the land’
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

Farmer who sold plot had donated the same land to government under the daan scheme

Chhattisgarh minister’s wife buys state forest land to build a resort, his dept says we can do nothing
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

The purchase, in September 2009, was red-flagged by several officials of the Chhattisgarh government, as recently as June 30 this year, but her husband's Ministry put down in writing that "it's not possible to take any action in the matter," an investigation by The Indian Express has revealed.

Raman Singh PS offered bribe to withdraw case against Ajit Jogi: BJP leader
Sun, Jul 23, 2017

The past two months have seen a furore about whether Jogi is a tribal or not, with a high-powered committee ruling that he was not one. The former Congress leader has now approached the High Court against the committee’s findings.

Odisha family to carry on fight to get 32-year-old out of Chhattisgarh Police custody
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

Sitting at his village Telia in Odisha, Gagan Das remembers that Niranjan was picked up an year ago, on July 28, 2016.

Meira Kumar says attack on secularism in country, presidential elections a fight of ideology
Wed, Jul 12, 2017

Asked about the framing of the narrative of this election as dalit versus dalit, Kumar said that she was glad the “real face of society has come in front of us”, but filled with sadness that these discussions still take place.

Chhattisgarh Police abducted two, scuttled probe: Odisha to HC
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

The affidavit also said that senior police officers of Chhattisgarh attempted to “manage the family members of the petitioners” and applied pressure on them to withdraw the case they had filed in Odisha.

Chhattisgarh farmer suicide: He crumbled under debt, and took his own life, says wife
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

In the afternoon, the families did meet Brijmohan Agrawal, the minister concerned, with him promising 25000 rupees in compensation, and to look into the widespread demands for a paddy bonus and loan waiver and education specifically for the families of the children.

Govt panel finds Ajit Jogi not a tribal, son says will go to court
Mon, Jul 03, 2017

Amit Jogi told The Indian Express said that they would challenge the report in the high court. He said the committee did not follow the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court, and that it was a “chief minister-powered committee”.

In Bastar villages where few have Aadhaar, PDS officials fear they will have to say no
Sun, Jul 02, 2017

For villages such as Pidia and Gampur who are caught between government orders and Maoist diktats, “consent” means little. In Pidia, of 485 ration cards, there are 25 that are Aadhaar-seeded. In Gampur, the number is 17 of 283.

Two Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

An official said, “Coordination between states has already been very good, but we spoke about furthering that to preempt whatever steps the Maoists want to take.’’

Sukma encounter: More than 10 Maoists killed, say police; rebels reject claim
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

Senior police officials said this was the first time coordinated forces of the CRPF and police penetrated the forests which are home to Maoist military battalion one, headed by rebel commander Hidma, and attacked them.

Ground Zero, new Maoist zone: No teachers, hospital 35 km away
Fri, Jun 16, 2017

As The Indian Express reported Thursday, a 25-page document recovered from the Maoists in April details plans to cash in on local issues, such as the price of bamboo, to gain local support in the new zone, as they did in Bastar.

Bamboo prices to jobs, Maoists tap local issues in new zone
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

Warning cadre in the new zone to “proceed with caution”, it says, “Secrecy is not being kept, there is hurriedness, those we taking into the organisation are not being talked to in depth about our politics and work.

Use mobiles, tap WhatsApp: Maoist paper reveals propaganda machine tech upgrade
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

The 25-page document, recovered after an encounter in April, states that for the first time, cadre up to the level of divisional commander have been allowed the use of mobile phones and tablets for easy access to reading material.

Spreading their footprint, Maoists map new zone of operations in three states
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

The new area covers forested pockets in districts such as Balaghat in Madhya Pradesh, Gondia in Maharashtra, and northern Rajnandgaon and parts of CM Raman Singh’s home district Kabirdham and Mungeli in Chhattisgarh.

Amit Shah on Mahatma Gandhi: ‘Bahut chatur baniya tha… he could presage Congress’ bleak future’
Sat, Jun 10, 2017

BJP President Amit Shah was speaking to a collection of “eminent persons” of Chhattisgarh, on the second day of his three-day trip to the state, with a view to strengthening the party before elections in late 2018.

Under govt pressure, five dailies refused our ads: Chhattisgarh Congress to Press Council
Fri, Jun 09, 2017

The advertisements were meant to appear on Thursday — the day BJP president Amit Shah flew to state capital Raipur

Chhattisgarh tweaks 38-year rule for tribal sterilisation, but govt nod still required
Mon, Jun 05, 2017

While government officials said the amendment passed on May 26 was a “step forward”, activists denounced the amendment. They said the amendment continued the inhuman practice of not giving the tribes “autonomy over their own bodies”.

Bastar’s first in UPSC top 100 wants to bring change to region
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

Namrata Jain has cracked the UPSC, will become an IAS officer, and is the first person from Bastar to break into the top 100, with a rank of 99.