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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.

Encounter with SIMI operatives: MP govt orders judicial probe, puts cash for police on hold
Mon, Nov 07, 2016

The CM had also announced that a cash reward of Rs 40 lakh (Rs 5 lakh for each of the eight SIMI activists) would be distributed among villagers who informed the police.

Bhopal audio clip: Surround them and finish the job, cops heard saying
Fri, Nov 04, 2016

The audio tapes, which come in the wake of video clips that did the rounds within hours of the operation on October 31, raise questions about the official version of the sequence of events.

Bhopal encounter: Villager who saw SIMI men did not see any weapon
Mon, Nov 07, 2016

Naresh Pal became the first witness in Khejradev panchayat to have spotted the eight SIMI activists who were gunned down hours after they escaped from the Bhopal Central Jail on Monday.

Chhattisgarh foundation day: Small state punching above weight, says PM Narendra Modi
Wed, Nov 02, 2016

The PM was taken around several spots in Naya Raipur, being built by the Raman Singh government as the planned capital of Chhattisgarh.

CRPF man in hospital for 30 months, mother asks: Where is uproar?
Tue, Nov 01, 2016

Long and traumatic road to recovery for 28-year-old constable Jitender Kumar who was severely injured in a blast in Bastar while on election duty in 2014.

Govt lied about Bastar encounter, says Congress
Fri, Oct 28, 2016

It was previously reported Sonaku Ram and Bijlu had gone to a relative’s home from Gadhda village in neighbouring Dantewada bearing the news of a death in the family.

Arrested for sedition, J&K youth gets bail, ‘motherland’ reminder
Fri, Oct 28, 2016

Tauseef Ahmed Bhat, charged with sedition by Chhattisgarh police for “liking and sharing” anti-India posts on Facebook was given bail on the basis of freedom of expression.

Opposition parties, civil groups slam govt on Bastar effigy burning by cops
Wed, Oct 26, 2016

The effigy burning came days after the CBI held the police responsible for the burning of “160 homes in Tadmetla village” in March 2011.

In Bastar, it’s police who burn effigies of activists
Tue, Oct 25, 2016

The protests come three days after the CBI, in its status report, blamed the police for the burning of houses in Tadmetla.

Tadmetla ‘encounter’: Sent team for op after NHRC ultimatum, says IG S R P Kalluri
Mon, Oct 24, 2016

S R P Kalluri, SSP Dantewada at the time of the operation, said that “whatever happened, happened under my directions”.

Chhattisgarh: Day after CBI report on March 2011 arson, cry for action against police
Sun, Oct 23, 2016

CBI has held that 323 SPOs/police personnel and 95 CRPF/COBRA personnel were involved in the operation that led to the arson.

Security forces burnt 160 homes in Chhattisgarh village in March 2011: CBI
Sat, Oct 22, 2016

Chhattisgarh: Presenting a status report on its investigation, the CBI informed a bench led by Justice Madan B Lokur that “160 houses in village Tadmetla were completely burnt during the police operation.”

With own firm, ‘coal satyagraha’, village resists acquisition
Fri, Oct 21, 2016

The idea behind the firm was simple, says Harihar Patel, one of the founders. If their farmland was rich in coal, and if they had to give it up for vikaas, they would mine it themselves.

Chhattisgarh Congress MLA suspended for comparing Rahul Gandhi to donkey
Thu, Oct 20, 2016

On Tuesday, Rai sharpened his attack on Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, and said that he would "call a donkey a donkey, and not a horse."

Chhattisgarh: After three killed, Bastar village lives in fear of Maoist violence ‘return’
Tue, Oct 11, 2016

Till a year ago, the Maoists would come to Hurrepinjodi, a cluster of 40 homes in a valley of the Charre Marre hills in Kanker district, at least several times a month.

Chhattisgarh: IAS officer removed for FB post on Deendayal Upadhyaya
Sun, Oct 09, 2016

Senior officials said a showcause notice may be sent to the officer on the “next working day”.

Congress slams Raman Singh government over Maoist ‘fake encounters’
Fri, Sep 30, 2016

The Congress attack comes on a day Chief Minister Raman Singh held a public rally in Jagdalpur in Bastar.

They were just boys, say families of two killed in Naxal encounter in Bastar
Thu, Sep 29, 2016

The boys left home on foot to meet their aunt, but returned in body bags, killed in what the police called an anti-Maoist operation.

Bastar teens not Maoists, killed in fake encounter: Villagers
Wed, Sep 28, 2016

The villagers said the two deceased, aged 16 and 18, were from the Barsoor region in Dantewada and had gone to a relative's village in the same district to inform them about a death in the family when they were shot dead.

Chhattisgarh: 4 cops held for ‘beating’ Dalit youth to death in Raipur
Mon, Sep 26, 2016

Following his death, members of Dalit community resorted to stone-pelting in a locality dominated by upper-caste Thakurs.

Custodial death sparks off violence, brings politicians, Chhattisgarh village fears its new caste equations
Sun, Sep 25, 2016

The Thakurs have been confined to their homes ever since a 35-year-old Dalit man was allegedly beaten to death by policemen of the nearby Mulmula police station on September 17.

Tata Steel hints at pulling out from Bastar project
Wed, Sep 21, 2016

An memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Tata and the Chhattisgarh government in June 2005, with an estimated cost of Rs 19,500 crore.