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Chhattisgarh: To counter Raman initiative, Amit Jogi to take out ‘Gram Awaaz’ campaign
Thu, Apr 28, 2016

The initiative is aimed at identifying seven “common” demands of villagers across the state and holding the state government “accountable” for them.

Doubts over ‘encounter’ that killed a Naxal love story
Tue, Apr 19, 2016

He informed police, waited 6 months for them to get her out; she was ‘taken away in nightgown’.

Chhattisgarh: Anti-Maoist outfit that ‘hounded’ activists, journalists disbanded
Sat, Apr 16, 2016

The Manch has been part of several “surrender ceremonies” with top police officials.

Chhattisgarh: Journalist questioned in IED blast case
Thu, Apr 14, 2016

IED blast had killed seven jawans in the district on March 30

Chhattisgarh drought: Paddy bonus promise in BJP poll manifesto returns to haunt Raman Singh govt
Wed, Apr 13, 2016

Akin to other places in the country, there have been demands to shift the 2 IPL matches scheduled to be held in Raipur, which the government has refused to do.

Forgotten in gold rush, Chhattisgarh villages face uncertain future
Sun, Apr 10, 2016

The gold is an intrinsic part of Sonakhan, the local economy, and even folklore. But now, for the first time, it has brought uncertainty.

BJP minister in Chhattisgarh threatens to break jaws if one chants ‘anti-national’ slogans
Fri, Apr 08, 2016

Speaking at the function at Ekatma Parisar in Raipur Wednesday, Agrawal said if anybody were to shout anti-India slogans, “we have the power to rip out their jaws”.

Cops offer cover to Bastar activist ‘under threat’
Sun, Apr 03, 2016

Interestingly, the press statement by the police acknowledged that Bhatia faced a “possible threat” from “Naxal-virodhi samajik sangathan (social groups opposed to Naxals)”.

Day after Dantewada attack: CRPF DG points to information ‘leak’
Fri, Apr 01, 2016

Seven CRPF men were killed Wednesday in a deadly landmine blast carried out by Naxals that also left a massive four-feet deep crater on the road in Dantewada district.

Chhattisgarh: IED blast kills 7 CRPF personnel in Dantewada
Thu, Mar 31, 2016

The landmine was planted cleverly by Maoists under the 'black top or puccka' road and the troops were travelling in a three-vehicle convoy, officials said.

Chhattisgarh: Jean Dreze wife threatened, told to leave Bastar
Tue, Mar 29, 2016

The incident comes soon after the Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group and Malini Subramaniam, a journalist with the website Scroll.in, were forced to leave Bastar after being harassed and threatened.

Held in ’92 case, Chhattisgarh doctor gets bail, returns to base – in hospital
Mon, Mar 28, 2016

He was arrested on March 16, 2016, for being an “absconder”.

In Chhattisgarh, journalist held – from outside court
Sun, Mar 27, 2016

Journalist Deepak Jaiswal was arrested in connection with a case of alleged extortion, lodged on August 8 last year by the principal of a school in Geedam town in the district.

Chhattisgarh journalist’s arrest: NHRC sends notice to government
Thu, Mar 24, 2016

The Chief Secretary and DGP have been given two weeks’ time to submit a factual report.

Journalist arrest in Bastar: an assertion of police power?
Wed, Mar 23, 2016

Prabhat Singh's arrest also raises questions of how local journalists are treated by organisations they work for.

Chhattisgarh: Journalist arrested for allegedly taking a dig at a cop on WhatsApp
Wed, Mar 23, 2016

The journalist, Prabhat Singh, was produced in a local court on Tuesday, where he alleged that he had been “assaulted by policemen in custody”.

Chhattisgarh: IED blasts claim two in two days, protests across Sukma district
Sat, Mar 19, 2016

The two back-to-back deaths led to anger, with protests across district headquarters. Chief Minister Raman Singh condemned the deaths, saying the “Maoists were playing violent games with the lives of people”.

Chhattisgarh: Congress factions spar during Rahul Gandhi visit to ‘woo’ Satnami sect
Tue, Mar 15, 2016

As Rahul walked towards the temple, he was consistently followed by a group of people shouting pro-Ajit Jogi slogans.

Church attack: Prompt action taken, but will guilty be brought to book?
Wed, Mar 09, 2016

There are several reasons for the urgency shown in the response by the state, primary among which is the political fallout.

Chhattisgarh: Chase of top Maoist leaders led to Sukma encounter
Mon, Mar 07, 2016

As The Indian Express reported Friday, 290 personnel were sent as reinforcement to Potakpalli, while 300 others remained on standby.

Mob vandalises church in Chhattisgarh
Tue, Mar 08, 2016

Attackers came in motorcycles, shouted slogans like ‘Jai Shri Ram’; cops blame encroachment dispute.

Outsiders vs patriotic voices: The new lines in Bastar
Sun, Mar 06, 2016

As the Chhattisgarh Police launches a strong push into this Naxal stronghold, there have been other casualties: journalists and activists told to leave and a spike in alleged police excesses.

Sukma: 3 CRPF men killed in encounter with Maoists
Sat, Mar 05, 2016

Officials said while two commandos, identified as constables Linju N and Fateh Singh had succumbed to their bullet injuries on Thursday, their collegaue Lakshman Singh died on Friday.

JNU agitation: Bastar IG now sees ‘Soni Sori plot’ in Umar Khalid speech
Mon, Feb 29, 2016

Umar Khalid had named Sori and the Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group during his speech in JNU when he had resurfaced on the campus, while police were looking for him. He had later surrendered.

Anti-social elements are tarnishing police image, Bastar SPs told
Sun, Feb 28, 2016

This comes after AAP leader and tribal activist Soni Sori was attacked, and the Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group and journalist Malini Subramaniam were forced to leave the city, allegedly under police pressure.

PM Modi launches ‘Rurban Mission’, says his government is for poor, dalits
Mon, Feb 22, 2016

100 such centres are targeted to be developed this year itself, the Prime Minister said at the event which was also attended by Chief Minister Raman Singh and Union Rural Development Minister Birendra Singh among others.

‘Now they are not just coming after us, but also those with us’
Sun, Feb 21, 2016

Things though came to a head last week when their landlord was allegedly picked up by police, and his vehicle, his source of income as a taxi driver, seized. Within hours, he asked the lawyers to move out.

Chhattisgarh: Police direct owners to evict Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group, journalist
Fri, Feb 19, 2016

A release issued by the Jagdalpur Legal Aid group also said that journalist Malini Subramaniam's landlord was summoned in a similar fashion on Thursday. The scroll.in journalist has also been served with an eviction notice.

Chhattisgarh: ‘Landlord told to evict legal aid members’
Fri, Feb 19, 2016

When The Indian Express sought a comment from Jagdalpur SP R N Das, he said the police was constantly "dragged into all matters".

After 35 yrs of darkness, Supreme Court ray of hope in sightless rape victim’s life
Sun, Feb 14, 2016

She is angry and bitter, but says Rs 8,000 per month ordered by court will help.

To deal with a small team, send a small team: D M Awasthi
Fri, Feb 05, 2016

In conversation with Chhattisgarh’s new Special DG (Anti Naxal Operations).

Bhilai gangrape: Witness ‘critical’ after suicide bid
Thu, Feb 04, 2016

A witness in the case against a doctor and two policemen, who are in jail for allegedly gangraping a 20-year-old BSc student in Bhilai in June 2014, allegedly attempted suicide Monday night. The police said Sonal Mahar, a nurse at Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital in Supela, attempted suicide by slitting her wrists while she was […]

They call her Aradhana — Surrendered Maoist who did reverse vasectomy has child
Mon, Feb 01, 2016

On October 6, 2015, the two had a baby girl — becoming the first Maoist couple who opted for the procedure under a government initiative to have a child.

Bhilai gangrape: ‘If I die, nobody will call me a prostitute anymore’
Thu, Feb 04, 2016

In her suicide note, the girl says her lawyer, Kalpana Deshmukh, told her there was little hope of her getting justice, and that she would be made to run around in court.

The Chhattisgarh Tapes: Cong, BJP trade charges on Antagarh bypoll row
Thu, Jan 28, 2016

State Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel said, “When the matter of the Antagarh tapes first came out, the BJP had said this is the result of an internal battle within the Congress.

Chhattisgarh tapes: Independents, too, say they were told to pull out of byelection
Wed, Jan 27, 2016

It was two busy days and one very busy night that led to the 2014 Antagarh Assembly by-election in Chhattisgarh shrinking from a contest with 13 possible candidates, to a one-sided fight with just two. As reported by The Indian Express, purported tapes suggest Congress candidate Manturam Pawar withdrew following a possible financial deal. The […]