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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.

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6 of eight Maoists killed in Narayanpur encounter were most wanted: Police

Chhattisgarh Police identified six senior Maoists killed in Narayanpur encounter with ₹48 lakh reward. 131 Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh this year.

A security official who suffered injuries during an encounter with Maoists being treated, on Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 17, 2024 01:54 AM IST
By, Raipur

6 of 8 Maoists killed in Narayanpur encounter identified: Chhattisgarh police

Police said that two of the eight Maoists killed in Narayanpur encounter on Saturday are yet to be identified and a process of identification is going on

A security personnel who suffered injuries during an encounter with Naxalites in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur being treated on Saturday. (PTI)
Published on Jun 16, 2024 08:25 PM IST

Chhattisgarh: 8 Maoists, 1 STF soldier killed in gunfight

Eight Maoists and an STF constable were killed in an encounter in Chhattisgarh. Chief Minister vows to eliminate Maoists from the region.

Two injured jawans were brought to Ramakrishna Hospital in Raipur on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 15, 2024 11:30 PM IST
By, Raipur

8 Maoists, 1 security personnel killed in encounter in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur

Police said the gunfight started on Saturday morning in the forest of Abhujmad when a joint team of the security personnel from four districts was out on an anti-Naxal operation

Police said the encounter lasted for over 24 hours. (Representative Image)
Updated on Jun 15, 2024 06:11 PM IST

Balodabazar protests: Satnami community's historical, political dynamics

The incident shines a light on the Satnami community, which constitutes nearly 12% of the SC population in Chhattisgarh

Over 150 vehicles were set ablaze in Chhattisgarh’s Balodabazar city during violence on Monday(File 'photo)
Published on Jun 14, 2024 04:07 PM IST

Maoists making 12 bore iron cartridges, using it in BGL: Chhattisgarh police

Officials said that the cartridges were recovered in the recent encounter between the Maoists and the Narayanpur police

Police said they have found 12 bore iron cartridges from the recovery made on Friday.
Updated on Jun 11, 2024 06:32 PM IST

No breakthrough in two cattle transporters death case: Chhattisgarh police

Two cattle transporters died and another sustained serious injury under suspicious circumstances after being allegedly chased by a mob on Friday

Police said that they are working on some leads, but they claimed that they have nothing concrete in the case. (Representational Image)
Published on Jun 10, 2024 05:44 PM IST

Chhattisgarh police forms team to probe alleged murder of 2 cattle transporters

Two cattle transporters died and another sustained serious injuries under suspicious circumstances after being allegedly chased by a mob in Raipur district during the wee hours of Friday

Another cattle transporter sustained serious injuries in the alleged mob attack. (Representative Image)
Published on Jun 08, 2024 06:42 PM IST

Two killed over suspicion of cow smuggling in Chhattisgarh: Police

Police said the matter is under investigation as it is yet to be confirmed if they jumped from the bridge or were beaten

 (Representative Photo)
Published on Jun 07, 2024 07:17 PM IST

Chhattisgarh: Early trends show BJP leading in 9 seats, Congress in 2

Rajnandgaon seat, former CM Bhupesh Baghel is leading with 8,790 votes from sitting MP Santosh Pandey while in Kanker, Congress candidate Biresh Thakur is leading against BJP’s Bhojram Nag

Early trends show that the Congress is leading in Kanker and Rajnandgaon seats. (Representative file photo)
Published on Jun 04, 2024 10:15 AM IST

Police arrest Chhattisgarh activist over ‘Maoist links’

Bastar range inspector general of police (IGP) Sunderaj P said Potam, an activist in the region, is a key operative of the Maoists’ urban network and frontal organisation.

Bastar range inspector general of police (IGP) Sunderaj P said the activist is a key operative of the Maoists’ urban network and frontal organisation. (AFP)
Published on Jun 04, 2024 09:21 AM IST

Chhattisgarh: Two suspected Maoists killed in Bastar encounter

With this incident, 118 Maoists have been killed so far this year in separate encounters with security forces in the state

Paramilitary forces in a Maoist-affected area. (PTI File Photo)
Published on May 29, 2024 01:25 PM IST

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
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