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Bastar’s choice: Take up gun for govt or Maoists

Bastar, Aug. 4: Nandkumar Naitam is relieved after a month of “torturous” anxiety.

“I thought it over again and again,” the 20-year-old tribal youth says. “I thought that if I couldn’t get a rifle, I’d pick up my traditional weapon, the bow-and-arrow.”

It was a desperation that Nandu, as he is fondly called, shared with his 5,000-odd fellow special police officers (SPOs), who till a month ago formed the Chhattisgarh government’s frontline against the Maoists in the blood-soaked Bastar region.

Growth data shows gaps in Maoist narrative: Swaminathan Aiyar

Last week, at the release of another book on the rise of Maoism, " Hello Bastar," author Rahul Pandita described the terrible exploitation of tribals by petty officials and forest contractors. He condemned Salwa Judum, the anti-Maoist vigilante force, and said the tribals had little choice but to pick up the gun along with Maoists and fight for their rights.

16 Naxals arrested in Chhattisgarh

Raipur:Police have arrested 16 Naxals wanted in connection with the killing of 27 personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force in June last year.

Superintendent of Police of Narayanpur district Mayank Srivastav said the 16 rebels were arrested by a police party which was undertaking combing operations in Dhoundai area in the district.

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Maoists ‘looking to expand’ in North Chhattisgarh

Recent attacks lend credibility to the insurgents' claims of expanding influence

On Wednesday, suspected cadres of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) detonated a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and killed four Congress party workers as Chhattisgarh State Congress president Nand Kumar Patel's road convoy whizzed past.

Maoist attack: Congress seeks president's rule in Chhattisgarh

RAIPUR: The Congress Thursday sought president's rule in Chhattisgarh citing a security breakdown under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, a day after four party activists were killed and many injured in an attack by Maoists.

"The state is reeling under deadly attacks one after another. Wednesday's attack is a complete security breakdown in Chhattisgarh, the state should be placed under president's rule," Ajit Jogi, former chief minister and senior Congress leader, said in a statement.

Naxals attack Congress leaders’ convoy near Raipur, kill 4 workers

Senior Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh had a narrow escape on Wednesday when Maoists attacked their convoy, killing four party workers and leaving five wounded near Udanti river between Mainpur and Deobhog police stations.

Chhattisgarh Congress president Nandkumar Patel and three legislators were part of a convoy of 35 to 40 vehicles that was heading back to Raipur after attending a farmers’ rally when a group of 20-25 suspected Maoists attacked the vehicles towards the tail, about 180 km from Raipur.

Three arrested for gang-raping minor in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Jul 20 (PTI) Three persons were today arrested for allegedly gang-raping a minor girl in Uparwara village here, police said. The accused Sanat Dhrutlahre (27), Santosh Sahu (30), Narad Saytode (25) were arrested today while hunt is on for their accomplice Kanhaiya Patel, they said. The incident had occurred on Friday last, when the 15-year-old victim had left her house for school on Friday but instead went to a secluded spot with her friend.

Why is the educated adivasi woman still in darkness?

Kanker, (Chhattisgarh) July 20: The evils of society somehow seem to impact women more. This is true down the ages, in practically every society.

Women bear the brunt of regressive practices, not necessarily relating to them as women specifically but affecting society in its entirety. Superstition, age-old prejudices and even so-called 'social norms ' actually hurt them more than anyone else in society.

15-year-old girl gangraped in Raipur

Raipur: A minor girl was allegedly gangraped by three unidentified youths in Uparwara village in Raipur, police said on Sunday.

Additional Superintendent of Police, Raipur, Lal Umed Singh told PTI that the 15-year-old victim had left her house for school on Friday but instead went to a secluded spot with her friend.

According to the complaint filed with the police, three unidentified youth turned up at the place and raped the girl after beating and tying up her friend.

Family members of the victim registered a complaint on Saturday, police said.

Chhattisgarh murder fugitives held

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the City police arrested three youths from Chhattisgarh on Wednesday in a sensational triple murder case at Manpur town in Chhattisgharh last year.

The three youths arrested by the CCB police in City. DH PhotoSiaram Purame alias Prem, 20, Rahul Purane, 20, and Goru Pradhan, 20, all residents of Manpur town, were arrested near a building under construction in Nandini Layout where they were working.

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