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Doctors respond to Chhattisgarh SOS, Naxal-hit area sees their numbers triple
Fri, Mar 17, 2017

Director, Health Services, R Prasanna says funds were used from the District Mineral Foundation and National Health Mission to create these incentivised slabs

Day after sukma ambush: Bombs in tiffin carriers, arrows with explosives among leftovers
Mon, Mar 13, 2017

'This is considered their stronghold. That weakens if a road is built. At least half of the 18-km road has been built, and they were desperate,” an official said.

Worst attack in two years, Maoists kill 12 CRPF men in Sukma
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

The Maoists struck at 9 am, a kilometre from the Bhejji camp, towards Kottacheru, when more than hundred CRPF personnel were on their way for an area-domination exercise.

Journalist’s daughter to finally get a name as he returns home on bail
Sat, Mar 11, 2017

Yadav, who freelanced for two newspapers, was arrested hours after he had an altercation with police officers at the Darbha police station.

In Maoist heartland, farmers turn to organic farming, reap benefits
Sun, Mar 05, 2017

Katekalyan has quietly been building another identity — as the nursery of organic farming mushrooming across the district, where farmers have come together to set up a company to market their produce across the country.

Notice issued to Bastar’s ex-IG SRP Kalluri for indiscipline
Sun, Mar 05, 2017

All letters issued to Kalluri are in connection with a private function held in Jagdalpur, in which Sukma SP IK Elsela allegedly said that human rights workers should be run over by vehicles.

Chhattisgarh: Sukma SP transferred over ‘remark on activists’
Sat, Mar 04, 2017

The Congress protested in the Assembly against the police official’s alleged remark that human rights organisations should be “run over by vehicles”.

Maoists using wrong path to pursue social justice: Sri sri Ravi Shankar
Tue, Feb 28, 2017

The address came a day after the spiritual leader went to the Maoist violence-hit district of Bijapur to open a sports academy, with a satsang also organised in the district headquarters in the evening.

Chhattisgarh: SC frees Bastar scribe 17 months after arrest
Tue, Feb 28, 2017

Chhattisgarh-based freelance journalist Santosh Yadav was arrested hours after a reported altercation with senior police officers in Darbha, after he had asked the police about five villagers missing from Badrimau village.

Money for toilets they built never came, now they are trapped
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

The money they were supposed to get did not land and Khande’s son and his family left for the kilns, ignoring warnings about what could be in store.

Chhattisgarh: Villagers walk 30 km to protest ‘fake encounter’ killing of two in Dantewada
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

The villagers say that the duo went to the bazaar in Kirandul on January 28 to buy supplies for Kadti’s newborn child when they were picked up and later killed

Five years after tribal girl’s murder, Chhattisgarh CID arrests police station in-charge
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

In July 2011, a police team from the Chando police station, close to the Jharkhand border in north Chhattisgarh, had shot and killed Khalkho.

Stone Cold: The story of Udayan Das, his secrets
Mon, Feb 13, 2017

Seven years ago, he allegedly killed his parents and buried them in the lawns of his house. Then, he allegedly killed his ‘girlfriend’, entombed the body and carried out a stunning impersonation of her.

Days after Kalluri exit from Bastar, two ‘anti-Maoist’ groups disband
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

The Chhattisgarh government has long being accused of allowing groups that use intimidatory tactics to flourish in Bastar.

Moved out of Bastar, Kalluri attached to Raipur police HQ
Wed, Feb 08, 2017

Kalluri was SSP Dantewada when there were allegations that security forces burnt homes and raped three women in the villages of Tadmetla and Morpalli in Sukma.

Bastar IG Kalluri asks DGP for fresh posting
Tue, Feb 07, 2017

With no transfer orders issued thus far, a senior official said that he had not “officially rejoined work thus far”.

Two skeletons dug out at Madhya Pradesh man’s Raipur residence
Mon, Feb 06, 2017

Das, accused of killing live-in partner, murdered parents in 2012, say police

Chhattisgarh govt submits action plan for rights protection
Sat, Feb 04, 2017

The move comes a day after the government asked Bastar Inspector General SRP Kalluri to go on medical leave following allegations of police excesses and intimidation of researchers, activists and journalists.

Bastar top cop who went after activists, journalists asked by govt to go on leave
Fri, Feb 03, 2017

While the state government has attempted a facesaver, claiming that Kalluri had asked for leave on health grounds, the IG said he was “under orders to proceed on leave”.

Chhattisgarh ‘Naxal surrenders’: Screening cleared just 3 per cent in 2016
Sun, Jan 29, 2017

Over the past three years, surrender numbers have shot up in Bastar, with 1,210 listed in 2016.

Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh, officials meet activist Bela Bhatia, assure safety
Thu, Jan 26, 2017

The meetings came a day after messages from activists from across the country to Bastar police officers seeking assurances on Bela Bhatia’s safety were replied to in an “intimidatory, threatening, and abusive” manner.

Activist vows to stay in Chhattisgarh despite threats
Wed, Jan 25, 2017

Activist Bela Bhatia has been under pressure to leave since she accompanied a National Human Rights Commission team to Bijapur to record statements of alleged rape and sexual assault victims

Get out of Bastar: Threat to activist Bela Bhatia who took up case of rape victims
Tue, Jan 24, 2017

In November 2015, Bhatia entered villages deep inside Bijapur, facilitated the registration of FIRs and brought the alleged incidents to public attention.

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
Mon, Jan 23, 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 23, 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