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Chhattisgarh: Activists see Salwa Judum link, locals say ‘fed up’ of Naxals
Sun, May 29, 2016

On May 20, Nama and Sautenar’s nightly vigil became national news when a group of visiting activists from Delhi was accused of trying to persuade the villages to “support the Maoists”.

Congress accuses Chhattisgarh Governor of favouring BJP govt
Sat, May 28, 2016

Tandon was previously a BJP leader from Punjab and is known to have close ties with the RSS.

After ‘Maoist’ escaped with weapons, orders issued to all SPs
Wed, May 25, 2016

In his letter, Special DG, Anti-Naxal Operations, D M Awasthi has sought strict enforcement of police regulations with regard to weapons.

In time of drought, forest officer in trouble for building swimming pool
Tue, May 24, 2016

Rajesh Chandel has claimed that the pool is “not used for bathing” but to supply water to others in the area.

How ‘Naxal’ slipped out of custody with grenade launcher
Mon, May 23, 2016

He won the trust of police, said was open to idea of surrender, fled with AK-47, ammunition too.

ST panel wants CID to probe abuse by security forces
Thu, May 19, 2016

In its report dated April 29, the commission said the “investigation carried out by the local police is unsatisfactory”, and that the statements of all the victims and witnesses were yet to be recorded.

Bastar locals, cops spar on tribal attending funeral
Wed, May 18, 2016

Many locals and Soni Sori, tribal activist and Aam Aadmi Party leader, however, refuted the police version.

Tension in Chhattisgarh village: Husband in jail, tribal woman dies weeks after delivery
Tue, May 17, 2016

Badegure village in Chhattisgarh is on the edge after a tribal woman, whose husband was picked up by police in connection with a blast, died weeks after giving birth to a child. Activists have alleged that Hurre developed meningitis and septicemia due to lack of post-natal care as she kept travelling to Dantewada jail to […]

We are also Manjhi: A day in the life of gond tribals building a road
Sun, May 15, 2016

Tired of waiting for officials to make a path through a hill, tribals in Chhattisgarh’s Dhamtari district carve out one for themselves

Shrapnel kills training officer in Chhattisgarh
Thu, May 12, 2016

Senior police officers said that Narendra Singh, who was from Nagaur in Rajasthan, held the rank of platoon commander in the college and used to regularly train personnel in grenades and bomb disposal.

In Chhattisgarh, a remote tribe fights drought with their will — and a well
Sun, May 08, 2016

In Pipantola, for instance, the “chhoti nadi” that sustains life is a stagnant pool of water, coated white with a pungent odour. It is here that clothes and utensils are cleaned, baths taken, water consumed.

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.