Raipur Updates

Chhattisgarh seeks special aid to maintain forests

Raipur, Oct 5 (PTI) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh today sought special financial assistance from the Centre to maintain and preserve forests in the state.

The tribal dominated state has 56 per cent of its total land mass under forest cover. In a way, Chhattisgarh is providing clean air to the country and also the world. Hence, to preserve and maintain the vast forest reserve, the state should get special financial aid from the Centre, he said.

Cops arrest woman Naxal suspect

The Delhi police has arrested a 36-year-old woman who was wanted by the Chhattisgarh police.

The accused, Soni Sori, is a suspected Maoist and a school teacher. The police said that she was allegedly hiding in south Delhi; the Chhattisgarh police with assistance of the Delhi police conducted a raid on her hideout on Tuesday.

Dantewada police raid rights activist’s home in Jaipur for woman ‘Naxalite’

Raipur, Jaipur Searching for a woman “Naxalite” who was allegedly present when an Essar contractor was arrested while handing over money to Maoists, the Dantewada police early this morning raided the home of PUCL member Kavita Srivastava in Jaipur.
“After we got information that Soni Sodi was hiding in Delhi, we sent a team. There we came to know she had moved to Jaipur so the police raided the home of Srivastava,” Dantewada SP Ankit Garg told The Indian Express.

The Maoist-Business Nexus

News of business enterprises paying-up to the proscribed Communist Party of India (Maoist), or Maoists in short, keeps appearing on-and-off. A General Manager of Essar Steels was arrested in Karandaul, Dantewada district, Chhattisgarh, on September 25, 2011, for allegedly paying ‘protection money’ to the Maoists. Two others have been arrested in this connection. Reportedly, the police in neighbouring Orissa’s Malkangiri district are on the look-out for another Essar official following some evidence surfacing of his involvement too.

Poverty or richness line?

The Planning Commission's affidavit to the Supreme Court to the effect that the Tendulkar Committee had, way back in 2005, fixed the poverty threshold at an income of Rs 32 or less per day in the urban areas, with the comparable figure for the rural areas being Rs 26, has at once become the butt of jokes and a subject of intense debate, besides stirring up the hornet's nest.

Father shot by Naxals, daughter on police radar for Maoist links

JAGDALPUR: In an early morning swoop in Jaipur, Rajasthan, on Monday, a team of Dantewada police from Chhattisgarh raided the residence of Kavita Srivastava, general secretary of PUC, the civil liberties group. "They said a khatarnak naxalite was being shielded in my house," said Srivastava.

The police said it was looking for Soni Sori, an adivasi school teacher accused of acting as a conduit for money being paid by Essar group to Maoists.

Chhattisgarh police search human rights activist's residence in Jaipur

Kavita Shrivastav

Chhattisgarh police raided the residence of Jaipur-based human rights activist Kavita Srivastava early on Monday morning in search of a fugitive woman Moist from that State.

Ms. Srivastava, general secretary of PUCL Rajasthan, was not present at the house on Kisan Marg in Shanti Niketan Colony when men in uniform and plainclothes came looking for one Sumit Sodi.

Father shot by Naxals, daughter on police radar for Maoist links

JAGDALPUR: In an early morning swoop in Jaipur, Rajasthan, on Monday, a team of Dantewada police from Chhattisgarh raided the residence of Kavita Srivastava, general secretary of PUC, the civil liberties group. "They said a khatarnak naxalite was being shielded in my house," said Srivastava.

The police said it was looking for Soni Sori, an adivasi school teacher accused of acting as a conduit for money being paid by Essar group to Maoists.

Cricket, not Naxalism, on the minds of Ch'garh youth

Nagpur: Karandeep Singh may only be 20 but the cricketer from Chhattisgarh has seen enough violence and massacre in the last decade or so. The soft-spoken lad, who hails from the Naxal-affected Konda village in Bastar district, still remembers how the Maoists twice stopped him and his team while they were going to play a tournament in Dornapal a few months ago.

Outstation students stay put in city for Durga puja

BHUBANESWAR: Unlike other vacations, city campuses are not wearing a deserted look during the 10-day-long Durga puja holidays. Rather it is fun time in the campuses, as a large number of students engaged in various crash courses and internships prefer to stay in hostels and make grand plans to celebrate the puja with friends.

"We have requested the authorities to allow us to stay in the campus during the vacation as we have to attend coaching classes. They have allowed us to stay but the hostel kitchen will be closed," said Nilima Biswal, a student of Utkal University.