Dipankar Ghose


Chhattisgarh: Congress moves Bilaspur High Court for SIT to probe Antagarh tapes
Wed, Jan 18, 2017

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.

For Bastar rape victims, the challenge lies ahead
Sun, Jan 15, 2017

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.

Anti-maoist ops in Chhattisgarh: Naxal numbers tell a story — what is it?
Fri, Jan 13, 2017

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.

Five Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh operation
Wed, Jan 11, 2017

Police officers said that the operation was launched in the highly sensitive Nayanpur district, considered the strongest bastion of Maoists, two days ago.

Chhattisgarh Sexual Assualt Case: After NHRC indictment, Opposition guns for BJP govt
Mon, Jan 09, 2017

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.

Chhattisgarh Police raped and assaulted 16 women: NHRC
Wed, Jan 11, 2017

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.

Chhattisgarh: HC notices to Chief Secy, top cops in ‘fake’ encounter case
Sat, Jan 07, 2017

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.

Maoist killed, LMG recovered for first time in Chhattisgarh
Fri, Jan 06, 2017

Fresh exchange of fire was reported near Kondapalli and Puverti on Wednesday.

Chhattisgarh: To protest low prices, farmers give away produce
Tue, Jan 03, 2017

As the crowd picked up tomatoes, then capsicum, and then green bananas, peals of laughter were heard.

Bastar: ‘I want to ask govt, Maoists, when will the fighting end?’
Sun, Jan 01, 2017

Naresh Nareti: Class 12 student from Bastar; wants to become a doctor

Bastar: Rights advocate writes to NHRC, says ‘threat tactics’ being used
Thu, Dec 29, 2016

Refusing to give details, a police official confirmed they have received “such a complaint and are looking at it.”

Chhattisgarh encounter: Body of youth exhumed
Tue, Dec 27, 2016

The family had asked for “an independent, high-powered SIT to inquire into this encounter... and another detailed postmortem”.

Different faces of party leaders: disgruntled, enraged, disillusioned
Mon, Dec 26, 2016

In this part of the series, The Indian Express finds party founders who have moved on — and a sole dissenter

NGT slams Chhattisgarh over negligence in waste disposal
Thu, Dec 22, 2016

It has said that the “non-compliance of rules and law in the state of Chhattisgarh is writ large”.

Panel supports constable charges of sexual harassment against Chhattisgarh IGP
Thu, Dec 22, 2016

Dev, who was moved from the post of IGP, Bilaspur, to the CID, based at the Raipur police headquarters, had denied the allegations as a conspiracy.

In ‘open defecation-free’ district, they find new toilets unusable except for storing crops
Thu, Dec 22, 2016

Villagers say not one toilet has a tank, and all have makeshift pits.

Chhattisgarh: 5 Maoists killed in 3 encounters
Fri, Dec 16, 2016

The officials said that massive operations involving six districts and agencies including the state police, District Reserve Group, STF, CRPF and others were launched on December 11.

Chhattisgarh: Cong leader’s son killed in CRPF operation, party calls for Bijapur bandh
Tue, Dec 13, 2016

Villagers of Timapur, speaking to The Indian Express over the phone but requesting anonymity, said that the incident took place around 10.30 pm on Sunday.

Amit Shah’s jibe at Manmohan Singh: ‘Country finally got a PM who speaks’
Tue, Dec 13, 2016

Shah also claimed that Modi had gone on fewer foreign trips than his predecessor in the same period.

Raman Singh completes 13 yrs as Chhattisgarh CM
Mon, Dec 12, 2016

Raman Singh, the longest serving BJP chief minister, told reporters that despite the state being a “child whose moustache was only just growing”, it was becoming known for its “development model”.

Little govt present, they wonder: Why do we need cash?
Thu, Dec 08, 2016

In Orccha, in the part of Chhattisgarh they call Abhujmaad, with no ATM and one state-run rural bank, its two employees have to play the sole judge on who needs what.

CRPF man killed in Chhattisgarh
Wed, Dec 07, 2016

The second blast in Narayanpur also targeted security personnel at a road construction site. But there were no injuries or casualties.

Chhattisgarh Chief Secy, Bastar IG may not appear before NHRC
Sun, Nov 27, 2016

Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand flew to the US on Friday with Chief Minister Raman Singh on a 10-day trip to woo investors.

Decade on, a Maoist surrenders: ‘Got no money, peace of mind… didn’t know what I was fighting for’
Thu, Nov 24, 2016

Shankar has emerged from the jungles after working with the Maoists. He has surrendered to police. Ramesh still attends a Maoist school in the forests.

Offline in Chhattisgarh: ‘Are you sure I can pay through phone?’
Mon, Nov 21, 2016

Only cash works in Hasda village and residents warn that their support for the government’s fight against black money may not last another week.

Cops in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand fear misuse of Jan Dhan accounts by Maoists
Sun, Nov 20, 2016

This comes amid reports that left-wing extremists were forcing villagers in their strongholds to deposit money in them following the demonetisation of higher denomination notes.

Bastar tribal’s killing: NHRC summons chief secy, IGP Kalluri
Fri, Nov 18, 2016

Along with Prasad and Sundar, the police had booked eight other rights activists under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Six Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh
Thu, Nov 17, 2016

Anti-Naxal Operations Special Director General DM Awasthi said that the bodies of the six have been recovered, while many more may have been injured or even killed.

Cash reaches ATM in remote Bastar village, over within two hours
Tue, Nov 15, 2016

Located 25 km from the closest small town of Antagarh, on a near unmotorable road, and surrounded by forests, Koylibeda is the tehsil headquarters.

Chhattisgarh murder FIR names DU, JNU professors among 20
Thu, Nov 10, 2016

Nandini Sundar, Archana Prasad say charges ‘absurd, fabricated’.

Before FIR against Delhi University prof, the tug-of-war in Bastar
Wed, Nov 09, 2016

Activists have often accused the administration of hounding out anybody including journalists who have questioned the police narrative in Bastar.

In Chhattisgarh, women have the final say
Mon, Nov 07, 2016

According to experts, the demography of Chhattisgarh, with close to 50 per cent of the population either Scheduled Caste or tribal, lends itself to a “more liberal outlook” -- making separation less of a taboo than in many other states.

Clues to Bhopal SIMI activists jailbreak ‘inside job’: Moulds, CCTV off
Mon, Nov 07, 2016

A senior police officer told The Indian Express, on the condition of anonymity, that the extent of “inside help” involved in the jailbreak was “staggering”.

Bhopal jailbreak: From escape to encounter of SIMI activists
Mon, Nov 07, 2016

Police say the men used sharpened plates as weapons to slit his throat and then gagged Chandan Ahirwar, the second guard who rushed there on hearing some noise.

Twist of the Tongue
Sun, Nov 06, 2016

Using mobile phones and Bluetooth, the Pahadi Korbas of Chhattisgarh record and share songs of their community and rediscover a dying language.

After Bhopal jailbreak, MP govt to electrify compound walls of jails
Mon, Nov 07, 2016

The part of the jail where terror suspects and hardened criminals are kept will be converted into a high-security zone, he said.