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Maoist rebels train in a forest area in Bihar.(AP)

32 Maoists surrender in Dantewada, four carried reward of Rs 1 lakh each

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 06:28 PM IST
Police claimed that the Maoists surrendered under ‘Lon Varratu’ drive under which banners were put up in their villages, appealing them to surrender.
Kawasi was allegedly involved in at least four Naxal- related incidents, including triggering IED blasts and murdering a villager, in the last three years, Pallava said.(For Representative Purposes Only/HT Archive)
Kawasi was allegedly involved in at least four Naxal- related incidents, including triggering IED blasts and murdering a villager, in the last three years, Pallava said.(For Representative Purposes Only/HT Archive)

Maoist carrying Rs 1 lakh bounty surrenders in Chhattisgarh

Raipur | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 11, 2020 09:32 AM IST
The rebel, Kosa Kawasi, who was active as a janmilitia commander under the Katekalyan area committee of Maoists, turned himself in before police officials at the Kuakonda police station, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava told PTI.
The 32-yeear-old head constable of Chhattisgarh Armed Force went missing from his camp.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The 32-yeear-old head constable of Chhattisgarh Armed Force went missing from his camp.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Head constable found dead in Dantewada in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra
UPDATED ON SEP 01, 2020 05:49 PM IST
Police suspect Maoists may have killed Kaneshwar Netam
The Dantewada SP further informed that the surrendered maoists used to demolish railway tracks and kill Panchayat executives and villagers. Most of the others were ground level militia.(Arabinda Mahapatra/HT file photo. Representative image)
The Dantewada SP further informed that the surrendered maoists used to demolish railway tracks and kill Panchayat executives and villagers. Most of the others were ground level militia.(Arabinda Mahapatra/HT file photo. Representative image)

16 maoists surrender in Chattisgarh’s Dantewada: Police

Asian News International | By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2020 08:44 AM IST
Dantewada Superintendent of Police (SP) Abhishek Pallav said, “16 maoists have surrendered out of whom three carried rewards on their heads. Most of them belong to the western parts of the Bastar district.”
Image for representation.(AP file photo)
Image for representation.(AP file photo)

Maoists threat to public representatives and journalist in Dantewada: Police

Hindustan Times, Raipur/Bastar | By Ritesh Mishra and S Kareemuddin | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2020 02:25 PM IST
Maoists are fast losing grip over the villagers in the area and as a result, there is growing frustration among them, Abhishek Pallava, Superintendent of Police, Dantewada, said.
The construction of a demolished school in a village started a week ago with the help of local villagers and Maoists who have surrendered.(HT Photo)
The construction of a demolished school in a village started a week ago with the help of local villagers and Maoists who have surrendered.(HT Photo)

Surrendered Maoists to reconstruct schools demolished by them in Chhattisgarh

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2020 02:40 PM IST
For the construction of schools, the district administration is forming self-help groups (SHG) of the surrendered Maoists.
Afraid of further brutality by the maoists, the villagers refrained from approaching the administration after the incident. A police team from the Katekalyan station reached the village and found out about the whole incident.(ANI Photo)
Afraid of further brutality by the maoists, the villagers refrained from approaching the administration after the incident. A police team from the Katekalyan station reached the village and found out about the whole incident.(ANI Photo)

Maoists brutally thrash 25 locals in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada

Dantewada | By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON JUL 20, 2020 07:37 AM IST
The incident took place after the villagers talked to the District Collector and Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallav, during their visit in the area, and apprised them of their problems and demanded development works to be carried out in the region.
Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon who was abducted by Naxals in Chattisgarh in 2012.(PTI)
Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon who was abducted by Naxals in Chattisgarh in 2012.(PTI)

Excerpt: The Death Script: Dreams and Delusions in Naxal Country by Ashutosh Bhardwaj

Hindustan Times | By Ashutosh Bhardwaj
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2020 06:27 PM IST
A powerful work of narrative non-fiction that examines the civil war in Bastar, The Death Script combines literary skill with sharp reportage. This excerpt recalls the kidnapping of Alex Paul Menon, the collector of Sukma by Maoists in 2012
Dantewada Superintendent of Police (SP) Abhishek Pallav also informed that 28 Maoists have surrendered so far after they launched a campaign few days back.(AP file photo. Representative image)
Dantewada Superintendent of Police (SP) Abhishek Pallav also informed that 28 Maoists have surrendered so far after they launched a campaign few days back.(AP file photo. Representative image)

Maoist couple surrenders in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada: Police

Dantewada | By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON JUL 09, 2020 09:29 AM IST
They were part of several incidents including an attack on police near NMDC plant in which six jawans were killed.
Ajay Telam had distributed pamphlets and put up posters of Maoists in his village, urging them to surrender due to which the ultras abducted his parents, the police said.(AP FIle / Photo used for representational purpose only)
Ajay Telam had distributed pamphlets and put up posters of Maoists in his village, urging them to surrender due to which the ultras abducted his parents, the police said.(AP FIle / Photo used for representational purpose only)

Maoists release Chhattisgarh cop’s parents in a day after pressure from villagers

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra |Edited by Anubha Rohatgi
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2020 11:38 PM IST
Lachhu Telam and his wife Vijjo Telam were released on Tuesday evening after pressure from the villagers. Their son Ajay Telam is a constable with the District Reserve Guard (DRG) in Dantewada district.
Both the accused purchased the tractor from Geedam (Dantewada) and when on Saturday, Usendi was going to deliver it to Ajay Alami; he was arrested in Barsoor.(FILE PHOTO.)
Both the accused purchased the tractor from Geedam (Dantewada) and when on Saturday, Usendi was going to deliver it to Ajay Alami; he was arrested in Barsoor.(FILE PHOTO.)

Chhattisgarh police arrest local BJP leader for supplying a tractor to Maoists in Dantewada

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2020 03:41 PM IST
The SP said that the accused was under suspicion for the last six months as he was earlier found engaged in supplying goods and other items to Maoists.
According to Dantewada Superintendent of Police the encounter took place in a forest between Hurrepal and Bechapal hills in the wee hours of Tuesday.(File photo.)
According to Dantewada Superintendent of Police the encounter took place in a forest between Hurrepal and Bechapal hills in the wee hours of Tuesday.(File photo.)

Maoist commander involved in Darbha valley attack killed in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2020 02:11 PM IST
Police said that the Maoist, Dashru Punem, was involved in about a dozen cases of Maoist violence including Dharbha valley attack in 2013.
The security forces had launched the operation based on specific inputs about the presence of Maoists in the area, police said.(Arabinda Mahapatra/HT File Photo)
The security forces had launched the operation based on specific inputs about the presence of Maoists in the area, police said.(Arabinda Mahapatra/HT File Photo)

Two Maoists killed in encounter in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada: Police

Hindustan Times, Bastar | By S Kareemuddin and Ritesh Mishra | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2020 10:29 PM IST
After the exchange of fire between Maoists and the security forces stopped, a search operation was launched in the area following which bodies of two Maoists were recovered, police said.
Security forces in South Sukma in Chhattisgarh.(HT Photo/Representative)
Security forces in South Sukma in Chhattisgarh.(HT Photo/Representative)

Chhattisgarh: NIA arrests two accused involved in MLA Bhima Mandavi murder case

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2020 12:39 PM IST
On April 9, 2019, MLA Mandavi and four police personnel, travelling in a vehicle, were killed in a powerful IED blast triggered by Maoists near Shyamgiri village of Dantewada, Chhattisgarh.
The Chhattisgarh government has enquired about why the second stage clearance for forest land allotted for an iron ore project in Dantewada’s Bailadila Hill should not be cancelled.(File Photo)
The Chhattisgarh government has enquired about why the second stage clearance for forest land allotted for an iron ore project in Dantewada’s Bailadila Hill should not be cancelled.(File Photo)

Chhattisgarh issues show-cause notice to NMDC over Bailadila iron ore project

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2020 12:37 PM IST
Consent of the gram sabha, a representative body of all villagers, was key to approval of mining of the Bailadila iron deposit with an estimated annual capacity of 10 million tonnes.
Authorities say this indicates that influence of Maoists has drastically reduced in the region.(Representative photo)
Authorities say this indicates that influence of Maoists has drastically reduced in the region.(Representative photo)

In heart of Maoist-affected Chhattisgarh, first panchayat elections in 15 years

Hindustan Times, Bastar | By S Kareemuddin and Ritesh Mishra
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2020 03:39 PM IST
Officials claim it shows dwindling influence of rebels in the region, which is also backed by official data.
Madda lost his legs to polio when he was kid but his love for cricket is known in this Maoist affected area.(HT)
Madda lost his legs to polio when he was kid but his love for cricket is known in this Maoist affected area.(HT)

Meet Madda Ram Kawasi, a kid of Maoist affected Dantevada who is inspiration for Sachin Tendulkar - Watch

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2020 12:38 PM IST
“ I am proud that Sachin Tendulkar shared my video. I want to thank him and also invite him to our village,” said Madda talking to Hindustan Times on Thursday.
The police have recovered live rounds of AK-47, SLR and Insas rifles, switches used for triggering IED blasts, Maoist uniforms, literature and detonators from the possession of the three Maoists.(HT PHOTO.)
The police have recovered live rounds of AK-47, SLR and Insas rifles, switches used for triggering IED blasts, Maoist uniforms, literature and detonators from the possession of the three Maoists.(HT PHOTO.)

Three Maoists held in Dantewada; 2 of them had killed a journalist last year

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2019 07:39 PM IST
According to the police, two of them were allegedly involved in a deadly Maoist attack at Nilawaya village in October 2018 in which a Doordarshan journalist was killed.
Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel. (Photo @bhupeshbaghel)
Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel. (Photo @bhupeshbaghel)

Chhattisgarh govt to extend NMDC iron ore mining lease

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2019 04:39 PM IST
The NMDC produces about 70 percent of its total annual iron ore from mines in Chhattisgarh which are in Bastar’s Dantewada district.
A total of 400 jawans of the district reserve guard (DRG) and special task forces (STF) are deployed in the camp and another 150 were placed as reinforcements in Aranpur camp, which is 10 km from Potaali camp.(HT FILE PHOTO.)
A total of 400 jawans of the district reserve guard (DRG) and special task forces (STF) are deployed in the camp and another 150 were placed as reinforcements in Aranpur camp, which is 10 km from Potaali camp.(HT FILE PHOTO.)

Dantewada police fires in air to disperse tribals protesting against security camp

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2019 11:17 PM IST
The SP said that Potaali camp is strategically very important to tackle Maoism in the district and was therefore set up.
hree people, including two government personnel in Dantewada district were reportedly abducted by Maoists on Saturday.(Photo: Manoj Kumar/Hindustan Times file photo for representation)
hree people, including two government personnel in Dantewada district were reportedly abducted by Maoists on Saturday.(Photo: Manoj Kumar/Hindustan Times file photo for representation)

Three people including an engineer abducted by Maoists in Bastar’s Dantewada

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2019 10:39 PM IST
The missing were identified as Sub Engineer Arun Marawi, technical assistant (MNREGA) Mohan Baghel and an accountant of a private construction contractor.
Mani C Kappen, the LDF candidate, has won the Pala assembly bypoll.(Photo Credit: Mani C Kappen’s Facebook Page)
Mani C Kappen, the LDF candidate, has won the Pala assembly bypoll.(Photo Credit: Mani C Kappen’s Facebook Page)

Assembly by-polls Results highlights| ‘Big victory’: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Mani C Kappen win

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2019 10:53 PM IST

Results of byelections to four assembly constituencies - one each in Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Tripura - will be declared on Friday following counting of votes that started at 8 am. The assembly seats where bypolls were held are Pala (Kerala), Hamirpur (UP), Dantewada (Chhattisgarh) and Badharghat (Tripura). Voting for these seats was held on September 23. LDF’s Mani C Kappen has won Kerala’s Pala seat.In Pala, Dantewada and Badharghat assembly seats, elections were necessitated following the deaths of sitting MLAs KM Mani, Bhima Mandvi and Dilip Sarkar respectively. The disqualification of sitting BJP MLA Ashok Kumar Singh Chandel following his conviction in a murder case necessitated bypoll in Hamirpur. Here are the highlights:

There are a total of 1, 88,263 voters including 89,747 male and 98,876 female and 273 polling stations for the by-election.(PTI image)
There are a total of 1, 88,263 voters including 89,747 male and 98,876 female and 273 polling stations for the by-election.(PTI image)

Bypoll in Dantewada ends peacefully, 60% polling recorded

Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2019 10:53 PM IST
No Maoist violence was reported during the by-poll apart from security forces recovering a 5kg IED (Improvised Explosive Device), planted by Maoist under Katekalyan police station area.
Bypoll in Dantewada is being held after BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi was killed in 2019.(PTI Photo/File)
Bypoll in Dantewada is being held after BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi was killed in 2019.(PTI Photo/File)

Dantewada bypoll: Campaigning ends for the battle between slain leaders’ wives

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By S Kareemuddin and Ritesh Mishra
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2019 07:54 PM IST
The Congress has again fielded Devati Karma-- who narrowly lost to Bhima Mandavi in 2018-- while the BJP has given ticket to the slain leader’s wife Ojaswi Mandavi. Seven other candidates are also in the fray.
Police have also recovered one .9mm pistol (country made) and 12 bore rifle from the spot. Image used for representational purpose only.(HT file photo)
Police have also recovered one .9mm pistol (country made) and 12 bore rifle from the spot. Image used for representational purpose only.(HT file photo)

Two alleged Maoists killed in Dantewada ahead of Assembly bypolls

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 09:37 AM IST
“The dead bodies of Lachu Mandavi, who was active member of Malangir local organisation squad (LOS ) and one Podiya, who was gumiyapal Janmilitia commander has been recovered,” said the SP.
Some of detonators seized by Dantewada Police on Monday.(HT PHOTO)
Some of detonators seized by Dantewada Police on Monday.(HT PHOTO)

Maoists in Dantewada adopt new ways to get detonators, explosives: Police

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra
PUBLISHED ON SEP 04, 2019 03:56 PM IST
Police said the interrogation of four men arrested on Monday with 50 detonators revealed that the Maoists have adopted the new strategy to procure explosives and detonators from Telangana.
The four people who were carrying the detonators have been arrested. Police are suspecting that the accused were supplying the detonators to Maoists in Dantewada.(HT PHOTO.)
The four people who were carrying the detonators have been arrested. Police are suspecting that the accused were supplying the detonators to Maoists in Dantewada.(HT PHOTO.)

50 detonators seized in Dantewada before bypolls on Sep 23, four held

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2019 08:00 PM IST
The bypoll of the Dantewada assembly is scheduled for September 23. The voters in the assembly are 1,88,263 out of whom 89,747 are male voters and 98,876 are female voters.
Maoist deputy commander surrendered in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada.
Maoist deputy commander surrendered in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada.

Maoist deputy commander surrenders in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2019 04:18 PM IST
Police said 32-year-old Muchaki Budra joined the Maoists in 2007 and was promoted to deputy commander in 2010. He was involved in attack on Congress leader Awdhesh Gautam at Nakulnar village in 2010.
The Independence-Day parade will be commanded by Dineshwari Nand, DSP & commander of ‘Danteshwari Ladake’.(ANI image)
The Independence-Day parade will be commanded by Dineshwari Nand, DSP & commander of ‘Danteshwari Ladake’.(ANI image)

Women officers to lead the Independence Day parade in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada

Dantewada | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2019 01:08 PM IST
Dantewada will see a women platoon of Bastariya Battalion of CRPF and ‘Danteshwari Ladake’ leading the parade for the first time.
This is not the first time scarecrows have been used by Maoists to confuse security forces in south Bastar. (HT Photo)
This is not the first time scarecrows have been used by Maoists to confuse security forces in south Bastar. (HT Photo)

Chhattisgarh police defuse IEDs planted on scarecrows near CRPF camp

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2019 07:05 AM IST
Scarecrows dressed in black were placed very close to the CRPF camp to trick security forces into confusing them with Maoists and opening fire.
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