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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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Chhattisgarh factory blast: 8 workers missing as family continues protest at site

Villagers and the relatives of those who are missing in the blast are protesting near the blast site in Pirda

Such was the intensity of the blast that a 25-foot deep crater was formed at the blast site. (HT photos)
Published on May 27, 2024 11:55 AM IST

3 Maoists killed in 2 encounters in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region

Police have also recovered weapons, a cache of explosives and Maoist-related materials from the encounter spots in Sukma and Bijapur districts of Chhattisgarh

The identities of the Maoists killed in both the encounters are yet to be ascertained. (Representative Image)
Published on May 25, 2024 07:13 PM IST

Seven Maoists gunned down in Chhattisgarh as forces continue offensive

Since December, 2023, there has been a clear uptick in aggression from security forces, who have created 17 new forward camps.

The Bastar region, which includes seven districts -- Bastar, Dantewada, Sukma, Bijapur, and the nearby regions of Kondagaon and Narayanpur --- are where the core of the fight against the Maoist insurgency is focussed. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 24, 2024 06:00 AM IST
By, Raipur

Chhattisgarh: 7 Maoists killed in gunfight, 7 weapons seized, say police

According to a statement issued by the Narayanpur police, the encounter took place at around 11am in the forest along the borders of Bijapur and Narayanpur district

The operation is being carried out in the Abujhmaad forest at the tri-junction of Narayanpur, Bastar and Dantewada districts (Representative Photo)
Updated on May 23, 2024 08:33 PM IST

PUCL team rebuts police on Bijapur encounter, says it was extra-judicial killing

On May 12, 12 Maoists were killed in an encounter with the security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district

At least 103 Maoists have been killed till May 10 this year (ANI Photo)
Published on May 22, 2024 05:18 PM IST

Chhattisgarh: 18 tendu leaf collectors killed as their vehicle plunges into gorge

The victims, mostly women, were returning to their village after plucking tendu leaves from a forest in Chhattisgarh’s Kabirdham district

Police said four others were injured in the accident, and they were rushed to the district hospital.
Updated on May 20, 2024 04:24 PM IST

Chhattisgarh: Stalker kills 5 of family, then dies by suicide

The man, unmarried and a tailor by profession, had proposed marriage to the woman years ago but she had rejected the proposal

Police said that they got information about the murder at around 2pm and a forensic team was sent to the spot for investigation. (Representative Image)
Published on May 19, 2024 04:03 PM IST

5 of Chhattisgarh family killed, murderer found hanging in same house: Police

Police said that they got information about the murder at around 2pm and a forensic team has been sent to the spot for investigation

Police said they are investigating the case from all angles. (Representative Image)
Updated on May 18, 2024 08:30 PM IST

Five IPS officers under lens for role in Mahadev betting app case

The Chhattisgarh police has already registered a case under relevant sections of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act

We are focusing on the money trail through which the money was given to around five IPS officers and other policemen, an ACB official said. (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 18, 2024 09:02 AM IST

Congress forms fact-finding team to look into allegations on Bijapur encounter

Twelve suspected Maoists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur on May 10. However, the villagers alleged that the encounter was fake and those killed were civilians

A scene from Friday’s encounter site in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district.
Published on May 14, 2024 06:09 PM IST

Bijapur villagers call encounter staged, say those killed were not Maoists; forces deny

Police have killed innocent villagers and the encounter was totally fake, according to Soni Sori, a tribal activist working in the Bastar region of the state

The arms and other items recovered by the security personnel during the encounter in Bijapur district on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on May 13, 2024 07:00 AM IST
By, S Kareemuddin

Villagers allege Bijapur encounter was fake and those killed were civilians

Police claimed the Maoists changed their uniforms and mingled with the local villagers in civilian clothes when they saw the movement of the security forces in the jungle during Friday’s operation

Villagers said the deceased were shot down by the security forces while they were running in fear and surprise.
Updated on May 12, 2024 07:19 PM IST
By, S Kareemuddin

Chhattisgarh police recount Friday’s encounter that killed 12 Maoists in Bijapur

Police said after the first exchange of fire, some Naxalites changed into civilian clothes and mixed with villagers to mislead the police

The encounter started at 6am on Friday, and the face-off took place about nine to 10 times at regular intervals till 6pm.
Published on May 11, 2024 09:25 PM IST

Chhattisgarh: 12 Maoists killed in Bijapur encounter

12 Maoists killed in an 8-hour encounter in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur, impacting their core zone in Bastar. Over 100 Maoists killed in 2024.

Across Chhattisgarh, 21 civilians have been killed by Maoists already in 2024 compared to 41 killed in all of 2023. (ANI)
Updated on May 11, 2024 01:51 AM IST
By, S Kareemuddin, Raipur

12 Maoists killed in gunfight with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur

Police also recovered 12 arms, including a  Barrel Grenade Launcher (BGL) launcher, one 12-bore rifle and muzzle-loading rifles from the incident spot

 (Representative Photo)
Updated on May 10, 2024 07:29 PM IST
By, S Kareemuddin

Lok Sabha polls: Two women leaders fight it out in Chhattisgarh’s Korba seat

BJP candidate and former Rajya Sabha member, Saroj Pandey, is contesting against Congress’ sitting MP Jyotsana Mahant in Chhattisgarh’s Korba Lok Sabha constituency

Saroj Pandey (left) and Jyotsana Mahant (right).
Published on May 05, 2024 01:48 PM IST

In Chhattisgarh LS seat associated with ex-royals, voters lack basic facilities

The Surguja Lok Sabha seat has been associated with the erstwhile royal families of Congress’s TS Singh Deo and of the late BJP leader Dilip Singh Judeo

BJP swept the 2023 assembly polls in Surguja winning all eight assembly segments. (ANI)
Published on May 03, 2024 11:59 AM IST

BJP will neither remove reservation nor allow Congress to do so: Amit Shah

Addressing a rally in Chhattisgarh’s Korba district to campaign for Saroj Pandey, BJP candidate from the Korba Lok Sabha seat, Shah accused the grand old party of nurturing terrorism to win elections

Voting for the Korba Lok Sabha seat will be held on May 7. (PTI photo)
Published on May 01, 2024 03:59 PM IST

Three women among 10 Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh

Ten alleged Maoists, including three women, were killed in an encounter with Chhattisgarh Police in Narayanpur district, part of increasing aggression by security forces in the region in 2024.

Overall, 91 Maoists have been killed in the first four months of 2024, more than the 22 and 30 Maoists killed in all of 2022 and 2023 respectively. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 01, 2024 03:00 AM IST
By, Raipur

9 Maoists killed in encounter in Chhattisgarh’s Abhujmad forest: Police

With this incident, 90 Maoists have been killed so far this year in separate encounters with security forces in the Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region

Police said an AK-47 rifle and cache of other weapons and explosives were also seized from the spot. (Representative Image)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 04:14 PM IST

CBI takes over probe in Bhuneshwar Sahu murder in 2023 Bemetra communal violence

CBI on Friday re-registered a case of the Biranpur incident on a request from the Chhattisgarh government that was received on April 25, 2024, and a notification by the Union government’s Department of Personnel and Training on April 26

Chhattisgarh deputy chief minister Vijay Sharma in February 2024 had announced that the state government would recommend a CBI probe into the murder of Bhuneshwar Sahu. (Representative Image)
Published on Apr 27, 2024 07:36 PM IST

Communal shadow over Bhupesh Baghel’s bid for first LS win in third attempt

Rajnandgaon, a small district town in Chhattisgarh, has been marred by communal incidents in the last four years, which took place in the Kawardha and Bemetera districts

Senior Congress leader and former Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel (File Photo)
Updated on Apr 25, 2024 05:17 PM IST

PM Modi vows to root out Maoism, says Cong encouraged violence to hide corruption

PM Modi said that the Congress and development cannot go hand in hand, and wherever it was in power, corruption and violence reached their peak.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with a tribal during a public rally ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in Chhattisgarh’s Mahasamund on Tuesday. (ANI)
Published on Apr 23, 2024 08:08 PM IST

Maoist killed in encounter with security personnel in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur

With this incident, 80 Naxalites have been killed so far this year in separate encounters with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region

Police said the gunfight took place in a forest near Keshkutul village under Bhairamgarh police station area on Sunday morning. (Representative Image)
Published on Apr 21, 2024 07:23 PM IST

At Kanker encounter site, signs of a fierce last stand

29 Maoists killed in fierce encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district. Significant blow to rebels, biggest in 8 years. Villages near site tense and mourning.

A bullet shell lodged inside a tree near encounter spot, in Kanker (HT)
Updated on Apr 19, 2024 11:16 AM IST
By, Hidur (chhattisgarh )

Chhattisgarh: Two commanders among Maoists killed in Kanker; nine identified

The exchange of fire also marks a clear upsurge in aggression from security forces in Chhattisgarh in 2024, with 79 Maoists killed in the year already

Security personnel check the weapons and other items recovered after an encounter in Kanker district on Tuesday (PTI)
Updated on Apr 18, 2024 02:28 AM IST
By, Kanker (chhattisgarh)

38-year-old inspector played key role in Chhattisgarh encounter

Kewat said that apart from the fierce firing that they faced, the heat and the difficult geography posed serious challenges

Laxman Kewat has been with the state police for 17 years and taken part in 29 anti-Maoist operations (HT)
Updated on Apr 18, 2024 07:16 AM IST
By, Kanker (chhattisgarh)

Chhattisgarh police identify 2 out of 29 Maoists killed in Kanker encounter

Including the encounter on Tuesday, 79 Maoists have been killed so far this year in separate gunfights with security forces in the Bastar region, which consists of seven districts, including Kanker

Paramilitary forces patrol a Maoist-affected area. (HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 17, 2024 02:23 PM IST

29 Maoists dead in fierce Chhattisgarh operation

The encounter comes days before the Left Wing Extremism-hit constituencies in south Chhattisgarh go to the polls in the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

Security personnel during an encounter with Maoists in Kanker district on April 16.(PTI)
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 06:55 AM IST

29 Maoists killed in encounter with security forces in Bastar’s Kanker

Police said three security personnel have sustained injuries in the gunfight and their condition is out of danger. The injured jawans are being airlifted to higher center for better treatment.

Seven AK-47 rifles and three Light Machine Guns (LMG) have been recovered from the encounter spot. (Representative Image)
Published on Apr 16, 2024 07:53 PM IST
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