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Santosh Yadav has maintained that he was not even in Darbha the day of the ambush. (Representative Image)(Getty Images/Vetta)

Bastar journalist booked on charges of rioting, criminal conspiracy, acquitted

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra
PUBLISHED ON JAN 02, 2020 07:59 PM IST
A Chhattisgarh Police Special Task Force Commander alleged that he had seen Yadav stand behind a Maoist fighter during an ambush in August that year. Yadav has maintained that he was not even in Darbha the day of the ambush.
According to a NIA charge sheet filed in 2014, the conspiracy of the ambush was hatched in the meeting of South Regional Unified Command (SRUC) of CPI (Maoists) held in February 2013 somewhere in the forest area near village Pidia of Bijapur district.(HT PHOTO.)
According to a NIA charge sheet filed in 2014, the conspiracy of the ambush was hatched in the meeting of South Regional Unified Command (SRUC) of CPI (Maoists) held in February 2013 somewhere in the forest area near village Pidia of Bijapur district.(HT PHOTO.)

NIA arrests senior Maoist commander who planned 2013 Darbha valley attack

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2019 12:11 AM IST
Punem, NIA said, is a Local Organisation Squad (LOS) commander and was a team member of the Darbha Division Committee of CPI (Maoist) formation in Chhattisgarh, which executed the deadly attack. 26 more Maoists are still wanted in the case.
A women’s commando unit of Chhattisgarh Police comprising former Maoist fighters.(HT PHOTO)
A women’s commando unit of Chhattisgarh Police comprising former Maoist fighters.(HT PHOTO)

30 ex-Maoists turn new leaf, join women commando team in Chhattisgarh

Hindustan Times, Raipur | By Ritesh Mishra
PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2019 07:55 PM IST
The Chhattisgarh Police hopes that the deployment of the women commandoes will encourage other women Maoists to join mainstream forces.
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