Ritesh Mishra

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.

Articles by Ritesh Mishra

Chhattisgarh develops app to track elephants, send alerts to villagers

A Chhattisgarh forest department official said registered villagers will get alerts on their phone whenever an elephant herd is within a radius of 10km

Chhattisgarh’s forests have about about 300 wild elephants. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 07, 2023 02:36 PM IST

Chhattigarh: Inspection of child homes ordered after video of assault surfaces

The Chhattisgarh police arrested a woman on Monday after a CCTV video of her thrashing two girls at an adoption centre went viral on social media

A directive has been issued to talk to child inmates and get information about their condition. (Representative Image)
Updated on Jun 06, 2023 08:37 PM IST

‘Mistaken’ signal likely led to Coromandel Express ramming goods train: Railways

A preliminary probe by senior railway officials said that a ‘mistaken’ signal likely led to the Coromandel Express ramming the goods train in Odisha’s Balasore

Big story The three-train accident in Odisha’s Balasore has killed 290 people and injured 900. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 03, 2023 03:34 PM IST

Odisha train accident: A ‘mistaken’ signal may have caused the fatal collisions

A railway report stated that the Howrah-Chennai Coromandel Express entered the loop line in Balasore because of a “mistaken” signal.

Big story Rescue work underway on Saturday at the site of the horrific accident involving Coromandel Express, Bengaluru-Howrah Express and a goods train in Balasore district of Odisha. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Jun 03, 2023 03:24 PM IST

Coromandel Express went on wrong track minutes before accident, say officials

The Coromandel express train running at a speed of 127 km/per hour collided with a goods train and derailed on the main line, an official said

Close to 300 persons have died in the Coromandel Express train accident in Odisha’s Balasore district. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Jun 03, 2023 01:16 PM IST
By, Debabrata Mohanty

In Chhattisgarh, alcohol has always been a potent election mix

Despite a pre-poll promise to ban liquor, CM Bhupesh Baghel recently remarked that the move is simply not feasible. Here’s why his hands are tied.

Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel said that a campaign against addiction was a better way out than banning sale of liquor
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 10:57 PM IST

Chhattisgarh police books journalist for circulating rumour, possession of drugs

The journalist was booked on the complaint from one advocate in Bilaspur over a news article allegedly run by him on a judge

 (Representative Photo)
Updated on Jun 01, 2023 06:58 PM IST

FIR against Chhattisgarh food inspector for emptying reservoir over phone

Apart from the food inspector Rajesh Kumar Vishwas, two irrigation department officials who allegedly complied with his request and pumped out 4.1 million litres of water are also named in FIR

The FIR for draining the reservoir was registered under Section 430 (mischief by injury to works of irrigation or by wrongfully diverting water) of the Indian Penal Code (File Photo)
Updated on May 31, 2023 10:46 PM IST

53k fine on Chhattisgarh officer for emptying reservoir over phone

It emerges that the officer drained 4.1 million litres of water from the reservoir, not 2.1 million litres as originally believed

On May 21, Vishwas’s mobile fell into the reservoir after which he drained the water for next three days to search his device. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 31, 2023 12:17 AM IST
By, Raipur

Chhattisgarh official suspended for getting canal drained to find phone

Sub-divisional officer (water resources department) RC Dhivar allegedly gave verbal permission to Rajesh Kumar Vishwas to drain out the water

The waste weir in Kanker. (Sourced)
Updated on May 26, 2023 04:36 PM IST

'BJP has no answer for Chhattisgarh model': Bhupesh Baghel to HT

Chhattisgarh chief minister says that central agencies were pressuring people to “take his name” and implicate him

Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel said that ever since the raids started in 2020, all ED and IT officers who come to Chhattisgarh for raids pressurise people to take my name (HT)
Updated on May 26, 2023 03:17 PM IST

‘Campaign should be against addiction, not liquor ban’: Bhupesh Baghel

Baghel said that he did even ban alcohol in the state during the COVID-19 lockdown even after witnessing deaths due to the consumption of spurious liquor as people were getting addicted to other substances

Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel (File Photo)
Updated on May 14, 2023 06:37 PM IST

ED makes third arrest in alleged 2,000 crore Chhattisgarh liquor scam

The agency had claimed that it has unearthed corruption and money laundering of multi-crore by a syndicate comprising high-level state government officials, private persons and political executives of the state government who controlled and manipulated the entire chain of the liquor trade in the state

 (Representative Photo)
Updated on May 11, 2023 06:18 PM IST

ED attaches properties of 2 Chhattisgarh Congress MLAs in alleged coal levy scam

Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party has roped in the ED after it failed to take on the Congress government on its own

The ED said that direct evidence of the financial linkages of the two Congress MLAs with businessman Suryakant Tiwari were established. (Representative Image)
Updated on May 10, 2023 09:05 AM IST

Explained: How liquor scam of over 2,000 cr in Chhattisgarh was unearthed by ED

The ED in the remand application stated the sale of unaccounted illicit liquor was almost 30-40% of the total sale of liquor in the state

The ED claimed that a large amount of bribe was being collected by the syndicate from liquor suppliers. (Representative file image)
Updated on May 09, 2023 05:12 PM IST

Travails of Bastar’s Fighters who weren’t

Over 51,000 people applied for Bastar Fighters, a police unit aimed at combating Left-wing extremism in Chhattisgarh, but only 2,057 candidates made the cut

People line up during a Bastar Fighters recruitment camp. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 09, 2023 01:41 PM IST
By, Sukma (chhattisgarh)

Chhattisgarh: 2 Maoists carrying 11 lakh reward killed in encounter in Sukma

A team of District Reserve Guard (DRG) was out on an anti-Naxal operation along with the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and its elite unit Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) following specific inputs of Maoists presence in the village

According to a press statement released by Bastar police on Monday, the encounter took place around 5.30am in a forest near Danteshpuram village (File Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2023 02:32 PM IST
ByS Kareemuddin,

Corruption worth 2,000 crore found in Chhattisgarh liquor scam: ED

The Enforcement Directorate on Saturday arrested Anwar Dhebar, brother of Congress leader and Raipur mayor Aijaz Dhebar, in the Chhattisgarh liquor scam

ED said it has collected evidence of unprecedented corruption and money laundering to the tune of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2,000 crore between 2019 and 2022. (Representative Image)
Updated on May 07, 2023 01:40 PM IST

‘We may consider banning Bajrang Dal, if needed’: Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel

Baghel, however, said that decisions taken in Karnataka may not apply in Chhattisgarh as situations in both states are different

Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel. (PTI Photo)
Updated on May 04, 2023 09:33 AM IST

Former BJP leader and Chhattisgarh party president Nand Kumar Sai joins Congress

In 1980, Sai was elected as the BJP’s Raigarh district unit chief. He was elected as the BJP MLA from Tapkara in 1985 and 1998

Sai (77) is a former two-time Lok Sabha MP and three-time MLA. (Ritesh Mishra | Twitter)
Updated on May 01, 2023 01:43 PM IST

Explosives placed a day earlier, senior Maoist likely behind Bastar attack

The Darbha divisional committee of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) has claimed responsibility for the Wednesday’s attack

Onlookers stand at the site of an attack along a road in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. (AFP)
Updated on Apr 28, 2023 04:30 AM IST
By, Dantewada

Blood splattered all over in seconds: Eyewitness in Maoist attack

The victims were part of the District Reserve Guard (DRG), which is staffed largely by local tribal communities and some former insurgents.

Eleven people were killed in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 27, 2023 04:33 AM IST
By, Dantewada

Lack of intel, violation of SOPs under lens after Maoist attack in Dantewada

A police official said the crater on the road suggested that the Maoists had dug a foxhole to plant the explosives at night.

Eleven people were killed in the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 27, 2023 04:02 AM IST

Maoists kill 11 in attack on police van in Bastar

Officers said they will investigate whether the standard operating procedure for travelling in Maoist regions was followed, how the rebels planted an IED so close to a police station

HT Image
Updated on Apr 27, 2023 12:05 AM IST
By, Dantewada

10 policemen among 11 killed in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada

In April 2021, 22 police and paramilitary personnel were killed and at least two dozen others injured in a gunfight with Maoists in the Bastar region

Wednesday’s attack was the worst in Chhattisgarh since April 2021. (Sourced)
Updated on Apr 26, 2023 04:45 PM IST

A mass suicide wrenches apart vulnerable tribe’s reclusive life

A suicide that police are struggling to solve because of how reclusive the tribe is; a suicide that has shone light on the lives of a vulnerable tribal group

HT Image
Updated on Apr 20, 2023 01:15 PM IST

2 goods trains derail after collision in MP’s Shahdol; 6 railway staffs injured

At least 10 trains on the Bilaspur-Katni rail route and one of the loco pilots was seriously injured and is admitted to the nearby hospital

The incident occurred near Singhpur station at around 6.50am on Wednesday due to signal overshoot. (Video grab/PTI)
Updated on Apr 19, 2023 12:33 PM IST

8 held for killing 2 in violence-hit C’garh village

The bodies of Raheem Mohammad and his son Idul Mohammad were found at a mine, a few kilometres away from the village on April 11, three days after it was rocked by communal violence.

Violence had erupted between Hindu and Muslim groups in the village on April 8 after a fight between schoolchildren. (Representative photo)
Updated on Apr 18, 2023 12:43 AM IST
By, Raipur

Police declare 30,000 reward for info on killings of father-son in Bemetara

Rahim Mohammad (55) and his son Idul Mohammad (35), both residents of the Shaktighat area in Biranpur, were allegedly hacked to death by the mob three days after the village was rocked by communal violence.

Violence in Biranpur village erupted after one Bhuneshwar Sahu (22) was allegedly killed in the clash in which three policemen also suffered injuries on April 8 (File Photo)
Updated on Apr 15, 2023 01:14 PM IST

Chhattisgarh violence: Police yet to identify accused in murder of father-son duo

Violence in Biranpur village erupted after Sahu was allegedly killed in the clash in which three policemen also suffered injuries on April 8. Police on the same day arrested 11 people in the case

Violence in Biranpur village erupted after a man belonging to a particular community was allegedly killed in clash in which three policemen also suffered injuries on April 8 (Twitter Photo)
Updated on Apr 14, 2023 10:01 AM IST
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