Finally, Army moves into Maoist territory

RAIPUR: The Indian army is moving into the conflict theatre of Bastar, arriving at the doorsteps of what is arguably the strongest military base of the CPI Maoist - not for combat, as yet, but ostensibly for training. "Manoeuvre ranges have been finalised in Narayanpur district where training will be given to our troops," confirmed a highly placed official in the army.

Six Naxalites arrested in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Dec 13 (PTI) Six suspected Naxalites, including a woman, were today arrested in Chhattisgarh''s Kanker district, police said.
The accused were arrested in the forest area near Nivra and Gotia villages by a joint team of the BSF and state police, Kanker SP Ajay Yadav told PTI on the phone.
They were identified as Shaniram, Nohru, Tunsingh, Maniram, Ramlal and Sitaibai, he said.
Many cases, including those of firing at police personnel and attempts to murder, have earlier been registered against the accused, the officer said.

Drop charges of insulting tricolour against leaders: Congress

Raipur, Dec 13 (IANS) The Congress in Chhattisgarh Monday urged police to drop charges against two of its state leaders who have been booked for cutting a cake designed like the national flag to mark party president Sonia Gandhi's birthday Dec 9.

A party delegation met Raipur police chief Dipanshu Kabra and requested him to drop a written police complaint against two party leaders - state general secretary Subhash Sharma and Raipur city unit president Inderchand Dhariwal, who are facing arrest under section 2 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.

AP Government faulted

Gothikoya tribes at sarevella near Chintoor Khammam district

Finding fault with the government's denial of nutrition and health services to the malnourished children of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Chhattisgarh in Bhadrachalam division in Andhra Pradesh, the Supreme Court-appointed Commissioners have directed urgent action to restore them.

Congress leaders booked for insulting flag on Sonia's birthday

Raipur, Dec 12 (IANS) Two senior Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh have been booked for cutting a cake designed like the national flag on the birth anniversary of party president Sonia Gandhi, police said Sunday.

The two Congressmen, state general secretary Subhash Sharma and Raipur city unit president Inderchand Dhariwal, were booked under section 2 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.

Indian iron ore mining mess - Congress seeks Chhattisgarh CM resignation

Dr Raman Singh Chhattisgarh chief minister faced opposition heat in the state assembly as the Congress members pressed for his resignation for recommending an iron ore mine for an allegedly bogus company.

The house was then adjourned sine die, a day before the winter session was originally scheduled to end.

The Congress legislators attacked Dr Singh for recommending to the central government allotment of a mine to Pushp Steel and Mines Ltd that was formed in New Delhi in 2004 with a paid up capital of just INR 100,000.

Three Congress legislators held in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Dec 12 (IANS) Three legislators of Chhattisgarh's opposition Congress party were arrested Sunday evening in Surguja district for leading a demonstration against the allegedly deteriorating law and order situation in the state, police said.

T.S. Singhdeo, Premsai Singh and Ramdev Ram were arrested along with 250 supporters at Ambikapur town when they refused to stop demonstrating on a road on which Chief Minister Raman Singh was scheduled to travel, officials here at police headquarters told IANS.

Delhi institute mistaken for Pakistan intelligence agency

RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh special prosecutor TC Pandya on Friday claimed that civil rights activist Dr Binayak Sen's wife Ilina was in correspondence with the ISI — a huge gaffe. For, the ISI she had links with was the Indian Social Institute, not the Pakistani intelligence agency.

Pandya was deposing in a local sessions court and said that Sen had dealings not just with local Maoist networks but also international terrorist groups as well.

An abandoned island in the heart of the country

Jagargunda (Chhattisgarh), December 10 (Agencies): Fifty-six km down a fork off National Highway 221 in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, a pock-marked road meanders through miles of stifling forest before faltering at a fortified barricade. Beyond the bristling barbed wire lies Jagargunda, its watchtowers manned by heavily-armed sentries, its searchlights piercing the evening twilight like a predator’s eyes.