A postscript in the ‘balance sheet’, maintained by the Nelnar area janatana sarkar (“local government”), for 2017 states: “Note bandi ke dauran 2 lakh jama kiya manta (Deposited 2 lakh during note ban).”
"I have not seen the film, and therefore, keeping in mind the sentiments of the Kshatriya Samaj and other sections of society, this film should be broadcast only after it is screened,” Chhattisgarh Congress leader T S Singhdeo said
In a poster seemingly signed by Hidma, South Bastar zonal committee secretary, the Maoists threatened the minister, as well as the patwari and tehsildar of Usur block, accusing them of “anti-people” activities.
Verma was picked up from his home in Ghaziabad at 3 am on October 27, twelve hours after a BJP worker alleged in a police complaint that he received a call where he was told that there was a sex CD of his "seniors" and that if he didn't pay, they would be released.
Vinod Verma, a freelance journalist who was earlier the Digital Editor of Amar Ujala and also worked with BBC Hindi, was a part of the fact-finding team of the Editors Guild of India which went to Chhattisgarh last year to investigate the reported intimidation of journalists.
A month ago, this village deep inside Gadchiroli, in Maoist country, got electricity and a bus at its doorstep for the first time. As both remain elusive still, The Indian Express finds out all that rides on them.
Chhattisgarh goes to the polls late next year. Jogi and his son Amit Jogi had broken away from the Congress in 2016, making the CJC the third player in a state that has seen a two-way battle between the BJP and Congress thus far.
On July 10, for the first time in the history of the Chhattisgarh conflict, the police formed a commando unit comprising only women, meant for operations in the Bijapur forests. For the police, there were many arguments for such a move. For the women themselves, it is the first time, they say, that “they feel like policewomen”.
The issue of the paddy bonus and a minimum support price for farmers has been one of the primary political sticking points as these were the cornerstone policies of the BJP’s election manifesto for the agriculture sector.
State government agencies had been informed about suspected irregularities in operation and finances of at least one of these shelters back in November 2014. But despite the warning, Shagun Gaushala, owned by the BJP leader in Durg district, received nearly Rs 30 lakh in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
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.
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.
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.