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  • Jharkhand polls: Local police didn't favour anti-Naxal operations in South Bastar December 7, 2014

    Raipur: The local intelligence wing had suggested not to carry out large anti-Naxal operations in south Bastar forests, where the ultras recently killed 14 CRPF personnel, citing geographical complications and strong Maoist 'Jantana Sarkar' network, a senior police official said. The heavily forested, hilly, inaccessible and thinly populated quadrilateral region...
  • Four Maoists arrested, two cadres surrender in Bastar July 3, 2014

    Four Maoists, including a 'commander' rank cadre, were arrested while two other Maoists, carrying a reward on their heads surrendered in the insurgencyhit Bastar region of Chhattisgarh on Thursday, the police said. A hardcore Maoist was apprehended while he was trying to flee into the forests under Bayanar police station limits...
  • NMDC steel plant in Bastar may start production next year June 2, 2014

    The steel plant of National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) at Nagarnar in Chhattisgarh's Bastar district is likely to become operational by next year. Chattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh expressed hope that there was a strong possibility that production at the plant might start by the next year, an official said in...
  • Naxals reportedly worried over impressive voter turnout in Chhattisgarh May 2, 2014

    The unprecedented voter turnout in Lok Sabha polls in insurgencyhit south Chhattisgarh has apparently upset the Naxals, who are holding meetings to express disappointment over participation of tribals in the electoral process, according to Intelligence inputs. Some key leaders of outlawed CPI(Maoist) in Dandakaranya region recently held meetings in areas where...
  • Open Mike: Is democracy the best way to bring development to the poor and marginalised? May 1, 2014

    CNNIBN Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose visits Bastar district in Chhattisgarh as a part of special series 'Open Mike' and asks the citizens whether democracy is the best way to bring development to the poor and marginalised. ...
  • Chhattisgarh: Naxals strike again, twin attack claims 12 lives April 12, 2014

    Bijapur: As many as 12 people including eight civilians have reportedly lost their lives in twin Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh on Saturday. Naxals ambushed a bus carrying a team of poll officials in Bijapur. There were 12 occupants in the vehicle, amongst whom six were killed in the attack. The officials...
  • Lok Sabha elections: Chhattisgarh records 47 per cent voter turnout April 10, 2014

    The first phase of elections on Chhattisgarh will kickstart on April 10 as the state will witness Naxal-infested Bastar constituency go to polls, where a total of eight candidates are in the fray including two women. Voting is expected to begin at 7 am. The Bastar seat has 1,797 polling booths,...
  • Poll campaigning ends in Bastar constituency of Chhattisgarh April 9, 2014

    Campaigning for Lok Sabha elections ended in the Naxal-affected Bastar constituency of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday evening, where voting would be held on April 10. Chief Election Officer of the state Sunil Kujur told reporters that there are 12,98,971 registered voters in Bastar, which comprises six districts. A total of eight candidates are...
  • NIA gets custody of two Maoists in Jiram valley attack case April 3, 2014

    The National Investigation Agency on Wednesday got a three-day custody of two suspected Maoists, allegedly involved in the last year's attack on the convoy of Congress leaders in Bastar in Chhattisgarh, from the local court. NIA team led by the investigating officer P Sanjay produced Jyoti alias Pornima Modiyam, Baijma Sanna,...
  • Four Maoists arrested in two separate incidents, posters urging boycott of LS polls seized March 31, 2014

    Security personnel have arrested four Maoists, including two carrying rewards on their heads, and seized posters urging boycott of Lok Sabha polls, from separate places in the insurgency-hit Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, official sources said in Raipur on Monday. Two Maoists, identified as Phool Singh (25) and Pareshwar (26), were nabbed...
  • 'Naxals have enhanced info network in Bastar ahead of LS polls' March 30, 2014

    Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, Naxals have strengthened their information system in the sensitive Bastar region and deployed informers at strategic locations like police stations, a senior Intelligence Bureau official said. "The recent deadly attacks on security personnel in Sukma and Dantewada districts of south Chhattisgarh were a result...
  • Retendering of equipments may delay plans to beef up communications network in Naxal-hit areas March 28, 2014

    In a development that will further delay plans to beef up communications network in Naxal -affected areas, inter-ministerial body Telecom Commission on Friday decided to re-tender the purchase of equipment for setting up mobile towers. The project to set up mobile towers in the Naxal-affected areas was originally scheduled for completion...
  • Three Maoist cadres carrying rewards arrested in Bastar February 26, 2014

    Three Maoists, including two women, who carried rewards on their heads, were arrested from separate places in Maoist-hit Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, the police said in Raipur on Wednesday. Two Maoist cadres were nabbed from the Maraskol forest area under Dhaudai police station limits of Narayanpur district last evening, Narayanpur Additional...
  • Congress dominates Chhattisgarh's worsthit Naxal areas December 9, 2013

    The killing of Mahendra Karma earlier this year by Left Wing Extremists proved costly for Raman Singh government in Chhattisgarh as Congress bagged 8 of the 12 seats in worsthit Naxal areas spread over six districts. The region saw Congress President Sonia Gandhi and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi campaigning...
  • 5 Naxals carrying reward arrsted during seperate operations December 5, 2013

    Five alleged hardcore Naxals, carrying cash rewards on their head, were arrested during separate search operations in Maoisthit Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, police said today. "Acting on a tip off, three ultras were nabbed from the forest of Madanar village under Bayanar police station limits of Kondagaon district late last evening,"...
  • Chhattisgarh polls: Electorate defy Naxals, 67 per cent cast their votes November 11, 2013

    Raipur: Despite Naxal threat, 67 per cent of the electorate came out to vote in the first phase of polling for a new Assembly on Monday in the rebel affected areas of Chhattisgarh. The high voter turnout in areas of Bastar could hold the key to whether the BJP manages...
  • 70 per cent voting recorded across 18 constituencies in first phase of Assembly polls November 11, 2013

    Raipur: 70 per cent voting was recorded across 18 constituencies of Bastar and Rajnandgaon till 3 PM in the first phase of Assembly election in Chhattisgarh, where violence by Naxals who have called for a poll boycott left a CRPF jawan dead. Naxals ambushed a team of election personnel when they...
  • Chhattisgarh polls live: 1520 IEDs recovered in Kanker, other areas; 13 pc voting till 11 am November 11, 2013

    Jagdalpur: 2:10 pm: The encounter between Naxals and security forces that continued for over 5 hours in Kanker has ended. 12:55 pm: There has been no voter turnout in 42 polling booths in Sukma. Here polling booths are located inside security camps. 11:55 am: The Chhattisgarh DGP has said that...
  • Chhattisgarh polls: Maoistinfested Bastar the first to exercise NOTA November 11, 2013

    New Delhi: Chhattisgarh will be the first state to exercise the newly introduced None Of The Above (NOTA) option in the elections in the entire country. When the electorate in 18 Assembly seats vote, they can press the NOTA button if they don't want to vote for any of the...
  • Chhattisgarh: A power surplus state has no power for Bastar November 8, 2013

    I walked the lonely road that cuts through the sal forest. The thick forest with its tall trees has been a silent witness to a lot of turmoil and bloodshed in recent years. The calmness of the woods is being used as a cover for the Maoist activities. The Maoist...
  • Naxals planning to attack 'soft targets' in cities during polls: Reports November 6, 2013

    With heavy security deployment in hypersensitive areas of Bastar region ahead of polls, Naxals are apparently trying to change their course of action and mobilising cadres to town areas to attack "softtargets" outside their core hold, intelligence sources said. The Maoists are deploying small action teams in cityareas of Bastar region...
  • Chhattisgarh: Locals caught in Naxalsgovernment crossfire in Bastar November 5, 2013

    Raipur: As Chhattisgarh prepares to go to polls on November 11 and 19, electricity, medicare, education are just words in Bastar. The locals caught in the crossfire between Naxals and the government forces continue to live in fear. In May 2013 at Jiram Ghati, Naxals brutally attacked on Congress leaders...
  • No political conspiracy behind Jagdalpur killings, pure revenge: CPI (Maoist) October 17, 2013

    The CPI (Maoist), which had claimed responsibility for the May 25 attack that left many Chhattisgarh Congress leaders dead, on Wednesday denied that the incident had any political link. In a press release, Secretary of the Dandakarnya Special Zonal Committee of the outlawed party, Ramanna, ruled out any political conspiracy behind...
  • Three Naxals arrested in Bastar August 26, 2013

    Three Naxals were arrested on Monday during separate search operations in Maoist-hit Bastar region of southern Chhattisgarh. Two cadres of Jantana Sarkar group of Maoists were nabbed by a joint team of Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) and district force from the forests of Mandali village under Orchha police station limits of...
  • Two Maoists, including woman surrenders before Warangal police August 24, 2013

    Two wanted Maoists from Chhattisgarh, including a woman, surrendered on Saturday before Warangal police in Andhra Pradesh due to ill health said the police. The duo - M Dularam alias Yogesh (38), Divisional Committee member of West Bastar division and K Pojje alias Anita, an area Committee Member from Bijapur district...
  • Chhattisgarh Naxal attack: Odisha Police arrest two June 25, 2013

    New Delhi: The Odisha Police has claimed to have made crucial arrests in the Chhattisgarh Naxal attack of May that left over 25 people dead. Two suspects have been arrested for the attack in which Congress leaders Mahendra Karma and later VC Shukla died. The two suspects have been arrested...
  • VC Shukla still remains critical: Medanta doctors June 11, 2013

    Gurgaon: Doctors treating Vidya Charan Shukla, who received bullet injuries in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh, on Monday said the veteran Congress leader is still in a very serious condition. "VC Shukla continues to be serious and still not out of danger," said a spokesperson of citybased Medanta Hospital, where...
  • Shinde proposes Andhra model of policing at allparty meet on Naxals June 5, 2013

    New Delhi: Two weeks after the Bastar bloodbath, the government on Wednesday held an allparty meet to firm up its antiNaxal strategy. Sources say that Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde proposed Andhra Pradesh's model of policing and improvement of local level police stations. There were also proposals to crack down...
  • Bastar Naxal attack: Digvijaya meets Mahendra Karma's family June 5, 2013

    Dantewada: Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh visited Dantewada, Chhattisgarh to meet the Bastar Naxal attack victims on Tuesday. The Congress leader met the family of Salwa Judum founder Mahendra Karma who died in the attack. Twenty six people were killed in the Naxal attack on May 25 in Bastar region...
  • Chhattisgarh: No evidence to prove involvement of Cong leaders in Naxal attack, says NIA June 3, 2013

    Home Ministry sources have rubbished a newspaper report suggesting that the Bastar attack was a conspiracy hatched by certain Congressmen and executed by Naxals. ...