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State Correspondent for Chhattisgarh. Reports Maoism, Politics, Mining and important developments from the state. Covered all sorts of extremism in Central India. Reported from Madhya Pradesh for eight years.

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Maoists fire BGL shells on security camp in Bijapur; no injuries reported

The Maoists had called for a bandh in five states--Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra-- on Monday

Police said a search operation in the area is underway. (Representative Image)
Published on Apr 15, 2024 05:54 PM IST

Congress angry over Ram Temple construction: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Congress leaders, who attended the consecration ceremony of the temple, were expelled from the party

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bastar on Monday. (ANI)
Published on Apr 08, 2024 04:58 PM IST

Three more Maoists killed by security forces in Chhattisgarh

Three suspected Maoists were killed in an encounter in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh, bringing the total insurgents killed in 2024 to 50, up from 22 in 2023.

Chhattisgarh police said the gunfight started around 5.30am on Saturday. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 07, 2024 06:12 AM IST
By, Raipur

3 Maoists killed in encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur

Police said that the encounter took place in Pujari Kanker forest along the interstate border of Chhattisgarh and Telangana when a team of Greyhounds was out on an operation

Police said the identities of the deceased Maoists are yet to be ascertained and combing operation of the forest is going on. (Representative Image)
Published on Apr 06, 2024 02:19 PM IST

Maoist-hit Bastar navigates rising hostility ahead of polls

Bastar Lok Sabha constituency scheduled to go to polls in the first phase of the parliamentary elections on April 19

Arms recovered by security personnel in Bijapur district on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 01:55 AM IST

Election In Pincodes: In Maoist citadel Kanker, green shoots of democracy

Mohla has 25 tribal & six Other Backward Classes (OBC) families, nearly all of them still living off the subsistence their small land holdings provide for them

Residents in Kanker in southern Chhattisgarh.
Updated on Apr 04, 2024 02:12 AM IST

10 Maoists shot dead by security forces in Bijapur

Ten Maoists killed in Bijapur gunbattle, total insurgent deaths in 2024 at 47, up from 22 in 2023. Forces recovered weapons, ongoing search for identities.

Two CRPF personnel were hurt in the encounter. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 03, 2024 05:46 AM IST
By, Raipur

Bijapur encounter faked, say Maoists; police deny charge

Two days after six Maoists were killed in an alleged encounter in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) on Friday claimed there was no gunfight and the victims were caught and killed in a “fake” encounter, a claim denied by the police force.

CRPF and its CoBRA unit during a search operation in Bijapur on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 30, 2024 06:54 AM IST
By, Raipur

Chhattisgarh: Maoists allege Bijapur encounter fake, police deny allegation

Inspector General of Police, Bastar range, Sunderaj P denied the allegations and termed it as “old tactics” of the Maoists

The CPI (Maoists) have called for a ‘strike’ in Bijapur and Sukma on April 3 in protest against the alleged fake encounter. (Representartive file photo.)
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 07:02 PM IST

In Maoist-hit Bastar, an upsurge in aggression from both sides

Government data accessed by HT shows that across every indicator, numbers for the first three months of 2024 show a sharp increase from 2022 and 2023

CRPF officers during a camp in Puvarti. (HT photo)
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 07:18 AM IST
By, , New Delhi/raipur

Six Maoists killed in Bijapur gunfight with security forces

Chhattisgarh encounters surged in early 2024, with 37 alleged Maoists killed, compared to 22 in all of 2023, highlighting a stark escalation.

Central Reserve Police Force and its CoBRA unit during the search operation following the encounter between security forces and Naxals, in Bijapur on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 28, 2024 01:29 AM IST
By, Raipur

6 suspected Maoists killed in gunfight with security forces in Chhattisgarh

Inspector General of Police (Bastar Range) Sundarraj P said that the area in the jungles of Chikurbhatti and Pusbaka villages is being searched where the encounter took place

Bodies of Maoists are yet to be identified and search for arms and ammunition is underway. (Representative file photo)
Published on Mar 27, 2024 10:59 AM IST
By, S Kareemuddin

Chhattisgarh: 2 Maoists, including woman cadre, killed in encounter in Dantewada

Dantewada superintendent of police Gaurav Raihe said the bodies of the two Maoists have been brought to district headquarters and are yet to be identified

Police said combing operations in the area are going on. (Representative Image)
Published on Mar 19, 2024 05:37 PM IST

Chhattisgarh: 17 villages of Hasdeo Aranya get Community Forest Management rights

These titles have been recognised in areas that were marked for nine coal blocks in Korba district including Paturia, Gidhmudi, Madanpur South, and coal bearing areas

In 2021, the residents of these villages participated in the 300-km padyatra to Raipur to meet the governor and the chief minister with a demand to protect the forests. (Representative Image)
Updated on Mar 19, 2024 10:36 AM IST

‘Political retribution’: Baghel after his name appears in Mahadev App case FIR

Chhattisgarh Police has filed a case naming former chief minister Bhupesh Baghel as an accused in the Mahadev Online Book app scam, estimated to be worth ₹6,000 crore

Former Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel (File Photo)
Updated on Mar 17, 2024 08:54 PM IST

Chhattisgarh EOW, ACB register fresh case in alleged Mahadev betting app scam

Officials familiar with the matter said that the Economic Offence Wing of the Chhattisgarh Police has registered case based on an investigation report submitted by the Enforcement Directorate

People familiar with the matter said that senior police officials and businessmen are named in the investigation report submitted by the ED. (Representative Image)
Published on Mar 12, 2024 02:34 PM IST

Bhupesh Baghel among 6 Chhattisgarh leaders in Congress’s first list for LS polls

This is the third time Bhupesh Baghel will contest parliamentary elections after he contested from Durg in 2004 and Raipur in 2009, losing on both occasions.

Former Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel (Ayush Sharma)
Published on Mar 08, 2024 09:56 PM IST

At notorious Maoist Hidma’s village, CRPF camp establishes mental edge

After four decades of silence, Puvarti in Sukma, Chhattisgarh, saw the arrival of 3000 security personnel on February 16, breaking the Maoist stronghold.

Puvarti, on the border of Sukma and Bijapur districts of Bastar range in Chhattisgarh, where 47-year-old Mandavi Hidma was born (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 04, 2024 04:46 AM IST

Chhattisgarh police constable, Maoist killed in gunfight in Kanker

The gunfight took place in a forest near Hidur village under Chhotebethiya police station when a joint team of security personnel was out on an anti-Naxal operation

 (Representative Photo)
Published on Mar 03, 2024 02:02 PM IST

Chhattisgarh: Security forces gun down four Naxals during encounter in Bijapur

The encounter began around 11 am in a forest under Jangla police station limits when teams of District Reserve Guard and the Central Reserve Police Force were out on an anti-Naxal operation

Security forces during an anti-Naxal operation. (HT File Photo)
Published on Feb 27, 2024 01:17 PM IST
ByS Kareemuddin,

Kanker Maoist encounter fake, say family members of 3 killed, police deny charge

Kanker SP Elesela denied the allegations and said that this is a standard thing that villagers claim after any encounter

The families of the deceased claimed the three villagers were not Maoists and killed in a fake encounter, a charge denied by the police. (PTI file photo)
Published on Feb 27, 2024 12:32 PM IST

Security forces gunned down 3 Maoists in Bastar’s Kanker: Chhattisgarh police

Police said that the encounter took place in the Bomara Hutarai village when the District Reserve Guard and the Border Security Force, who were out on an anti-Naxal operation, came under attack

 (Representative Photo)
Updated on Feb 25, 2024 07:35 PM IST

Chhattisgarh’s previous brush with anti-conversion bill

In 2006, the BJP government introduced a bill that sought to amend provisions in the state’s conversion law— the Congress-led Centre sought burden of proof

The Madhya Pradesh Dharma Swatantrya Adhiniyam, 1968 was adopted by Chhattisgarh when it came into existence in 2000.. (Pic for representation)
Published on Feb 19, 2024 09:46 PM IST

Self-styled godman, 4 others held for raping two minor girls in Chhattisgarh: Cops

According to the police, the accused self-styled god man raped the minor girls in the garb of performing a puja ritual which would bring wealth.

 (Representative Photo)
Published on Feb 16, 2024 06:46 PM IST

1.47 lakh cr budget presented in Chhattisgarh Assembly; no new taxes proposed

Rs.8,369 crore has been allocated in the budget for the construction of 18 lakhs (1.8 million) houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Rs.10,000 crore under Krishak Unnati Yojana for strengthening small and medium farmers and Rs.4,500 crore for Jal Jeevan Mission

Chhattisgarh finance minister OP Choudhary (left) with chief minister Vishnu Deo Sai (Twitter/@BJP4CGState)
Published on Feb 10, 2024 01:29 PM IST

India’s fourth Science City to be developed in Chhattisgarh’s Nava Raipur

Currently, Science City is developed by only three cities in the country, Kolkata developed by the central government, Gujarat, and Jalandhar developed by their respective state governments

The Science City will be made in 35 acres and completed in 60 months. (Chhattisgarh legislative assembly)
Published on Feb 07, 2024 08:20 AM IST

NGT quashes environmental clearance of Tamnar coal mine project in Chhattisgarh

Adani Enterprises Limited is the developer and operator of the proposed coal mine project of the Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited in Tamnar

The NGT termed the public hearingMahagenc conducted in September 2019 to be not in accordance with the law. (File)
Published on Feb 05, 2024 05:54 PM IST

In Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada, cops find 130-metre long tunnel built by Maoists

Dantewada SP Gaurav Rai said the camouflaged tunnel was detected by a jawan of the district reserve guard that comprises local tribal youth

The Dantewada Police released a video of the tunnel spotted by a DRG jawan returning after an operation (Videograb/Chhattisgarh Police)
Updated on Jan 31, 2024 05:46 PM IST

3 jawans dead, 15 injured in Sukma attack by Maoists

This attack comes nearly three years after 22 CRPF jawans were killed in an ambush in the same village.

Chhattisgarh chief minister Vishnu Deo Sai meets an injured CRPF soldier at a hospital in Raipur on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 31, 2024 01:59 AM IST
By, S Kareemuddin, Bastar

3 killed, 14 security personnel injured in Maoist encounter in Bastar

Police said that the exact number of injured personnel is yet to be ascertained and rescue operations were going on

The Bastar police in a statement said that the incident took place near Tekalgudem village when a joint team of security personnel was out on a search operation. (Representative photo)
Published on Jan 30, 2024 06:32 PM IST
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