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Naxal woman killed in encounter with Chhattisgarh Police

Raipur: A Naxal woman was killed in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Tuesday morning, police said.

The skirmish took place around 6 am at a forest near Dabbakonta village when a joint team of security forces was out on a counter-insurgency operation, Deputy Inspector General (anti-Naxal operations) Sundarraj P said.

Personnel belonging to the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA-an elite unit of CRPF), Special Task Force and District Reserve Guard were involved in the operation, he said.

On spotting a Maoist camp in the forest near Dabbakonta village, located around 500 km from the State capital Raipur, the security men started encircling it.

An exchange of fire then broke out between the two sides and the rebels soon escaped into the dense forest, the DIG said.

Later, during a search of the encounter spot, the body of a woman Naxal clad in ‘uniform’ and an Insas rifle was recovered, he said, adding that the killed rebel was yet to be identified.

“Blood stains were found at the spot, indicating that some more ultras might have been injured or killed in the gun battle,” the official said.

Some items of daily use and a huge cache of other Naxal-related material were also seized from their camp, he said, adding that search operation was still underway in the area.

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Chouhan explains how BJP won MP, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan back

Lucknow: Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the drubbing in the Assembly elections in his State, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh prompted the BJP to take corrective steps ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, while the Congress remained in a “delusional” state.

Terming the parliamentary elections as an “eye-opener” for some parties, he said this election ended dynastic and caste politics in the country.

“People rose above caste and voted for development, welfare, and nationalism. This election heralded a transformation in Indian politics,” the BJP leader told PTI in an interview.

The BJP, despite its loss in the Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan, swept the Lok Sabha elections in the three States with over 50% vote share.

In Madhya Pradesh, the saffron party won 28 of the 29 constituencies, while the Congress was restricted to the lone Chhindwara seat.

The BJP in Chhattisgarh won nine seats and the Congress two, while in Rajasthan the BJP won 24 and the grand old party could not open its account.

“The Congress remained in a delusional state vis-a-vis Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan. The truth is, the drubbing in the three States proved to be a blessing for us (BJP), and hence, all the corrective steps were taken, wherever the need for the same was felt.

“The Congress only remained in a state of misconception about itself that it has won Assembly elections in three States,” Chouhan said.

Chouhan, who was here on Saturday, also claimed that people of Madhya Pradesh now say come back soon ‘mama’, as he is fondly called by his supporters.

To a question that he can dethrone the current government, Chouhan said, “If I had the intention of dethroning the government, then I would not have allowed it to be formed in the first place.”

“The Congress along with the SP, the BSP and Independents formed the government. We, too, had the offer (of forming government), but I thought they (Congress) have more seats, hence, they have the moral right to form a government,” he said.

On went wrong for the BJP in the Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chouhan, who is a BJP vice-president, said, “Overconfidence had crept in. You had seen people were suspicious about (BJP’s performance in) other States, but it was not the case with MP.”

“Someone had asked me to list three possible reasons which led to the party’s defeat in Madhya Pradesh and my answer was the first reason is Shivraj, the second reason is Shivraj and the third reason is Shivraj,” he said.

Chouhan said while his party has initiated membership drives and is reaching out to workers at all levels, people were leaving the Congress after its performance in the general elections.

Hitting out at the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh, he said, “The schemes run by us were stopped. Loan waiver did not happen. Law and order situation has deteriorated. MP has become a den of brokers, and in over four months time, the entire state is feeling harassed.”

People realise the difference between the BJP and the Congress, he claimed.

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‘Black magic’ suspect in Chhattisgarh killed; three held, minor detained

Jashpur: A 55-year-old woman was allegedly killed on the suspicion of practising black magic at a village in tribal-dominated Jashpur district of Chhattisgarh, police said Sunday.

Three persons were arrested and a minor was detained Saturday in connection with the murder that took place in Jiling village on 2 June, said Laxman Singh Dhruve, Station House Officer (SHO), City Kotwali police station.

Those arrested were identified as Anil Ram Bhagat, his brother Virendra Ram, his friend Santosh Ram and the minor, all natives of Jiling, he said.

On 6 June, Jagir Ram Bhagat, son of the deceased woman identified as Chandni Bai, had lodged a complaint with City Kotwali police that his mother was missing since 2 June night, the SHO said.

During the investigation, the four accused were interrogated and they confessed to have committed the crime, he said.

“On the night of 2 June, Chandni Bai was strangled to death by Bhagat with a rope when she was sitting alone outside her house. Later with the support of three other accused, he packed the body in a sack and threw it into a dam of Neemgaon village,” he said.

On 7 June, when Bhagat noticed her body floating on the water surface, the accused then buried it in nearby farmland, he added.

The body was exhumed Saturday, after which the accused were held, he said.

“Bhagat believed that the woman practised black magic, which led to the death of his buffalo recently,” the SHO said.

In 2015, Bhagat’s pregnant wife had fallen from a bicycle following which she had a miscarriage.

Then, Bhagat and his brother had a brawl with Chandni Bai, during which they accused her of practising black magic against his wife, he said.

A case has been registered against all the accused under section 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) and 34 (common intention) of IPC, the SHO said, adding that further probe is underway.

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Agyatavasa of Chhattisgarh Adivasis amid State-Maoist conflict

New Delhi: Displaced from Chhattisgarh due to violence and excluded from all social security benefits, a number of Adivasis (tribal or indigenous people) living miserable lives in neighbouring States are hopeful of a better future, thanks to a “lesser-used” provision in the Forest Rights Act.

Social activists claim thousands of Adivasis fled Chhattisgarh around 2004-05 due to Salwa Judum, a militia deployed as part of anti-Maoist operations in the State from 2005 to 2011.

“These Adivasis are living in deplorable conditions in forests of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana, without any access to drinking water and electricity. They get lower wages. Most of them don’t have ration cards or voter IDs and cannot prove their citizenship,” social activist Raju Rana says.

“These States don’t recognise them as Adivasis. They have no right over forest land and remain excluded from all social security benefits. On a number of occasions, police and forest officials have burnt their settlements to push them back to Chhattisgarh,” he claims.

There are around 30,000 people living in 248 such settlements in the forests of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana, close to the Chhattisgarh border, tribal rights activist Shubhranshu Chaudhary says.

Now, some of these people want to return to their State, pinning hopes on the new government in Chhattisgarh and a “lesser-used” provision in the Forest Rights Act, 2006, which recognizes people’s right of settlement in forests and gives them a legal document of ownership of their traditional habitation, he says.

“Since their original villages are in the deep jungle, miles away from the main road, and Naxalism continues to be a threat there, these Adivasis will ask the government to consider their request for land under the FRA provision for ‘in situ rehabilitation’, wherein alternative land can be given against the one they were forced to leave before 2005,” Chaudhary says.

Clause 3 (1) (m) of the Act states, “Right to in situ rehabilitation including alternative land in cases where the Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers have been illegally evicted or displaced from forest land of any description without receiving their legal entitlement to rehabilitation prior to the 13th day of December 2005.”

Chaudhary claims the provision remains “untouched, as no claim for land titles has so far been made under it”.

Facilitated by activists, over 300 such Adivasis, now living in Odisha, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, gathered in Sukma district on June 12 and 13 and filled up forms seeking land rights.

“We have so far filled around just 150 forms for ‘in situ rehabilitation’ of these Adivasis. It’s a difficult exercise because most of the displaced Adivasis don’t have proper documents,” Rana says.

Suresh, 26, a tribal displaced from Bastar, says, “Many people who fled Chattisgarh are living in scattered settlements in Rangapuram panchayat in Telanaga. The Telangana government doesn’t recognise us as Scheduled Tribes. We do not have any land there. There’s no water or electricity… We make our ends meet doing manual labour.”

Vattikosa, 30, who accompanied Suresh to the meeting in Sukma, says they had come with the hope that the government would give them land somewhere else against the land they were forced to leave before 2005.

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs had earlier said it will ask the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments to identify Adivasis who allegedly fled Chhattisgarh due to the Salwa Judum movement and settled there.

“We received a complaint on 12 May stating that a number of tribal families fled to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana from Chhattisgarh due to Salwa Judum. We have to take all State governments on board and verify these cases,” a senior official of the Tribal Affairs Ministry had said.

“Once the verification process is completed, we will sit together and decide the next course of action. We will have to see the stand the Chhattisgarh government takes… whether it acknowledges that these were families were displaced due to Salwa Judum,” he had said.

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Voters defy Maoist threat to life in Chhattisgarh

Raipur: In Chhattisgarh, while the second phase of Lok Sabha elections is on, the security arrangement in Kanker, Rajnandgaon and Mahasamund Lok Sabha constituencies is going to be tightened. By 1 o’clock in the afternoon, more than 47% of the voters in the area had exercised their franchise.

Officials of the state’s chief electoral office said here that 49,07,489 voters in the constituencies mentioned above will decide the fate of 36 candidates. These include 15,54,995 voters in the Kanker Lok Sabha constituency, 17,15,492 in Rajnandgaon and 16,37,002 voters in Mahasamund of Chhattisgarh.

Officials said that till 2 o’clock in the afternoon, more than 47% of the voters had exercised their franchise.

Voters enthusiastic

Serpentine voter queues were noticed outside several polling stations in the morning. There were more women and first-time voters in all queues.

There is enthusiasm in voters despite the summer heat. By afternoon, Chhattisgarh’s Minister for Women and Child Development Anila Waldia, BJP candidate from Rajnandgaon Santosh Pandey, BJP State president Vikram Usendi and former Chief Minister Raman Singh, among other senior leaders, had exercised their franchise.

Officials said that polling was affected after the EVM units malfunctioned in some polling stations. After the repair work, the voting process was restored.

Where voters gain confidence from

Senior police officials of the state said that in view of voting in Lok Sabha areas, about 60,000 soldiers of different security forces have been deployed.

For monitoring of the area, the authority has deployed drones too.

Statistics

Polling in the three Lok Sabha constituencies of Chhattisgarh that are voting today is being monitored from the State control room.

An official said that 6,484 polling stations have been set up in these constituencies. As many as 2,022 polling stations in Kanker, 2,322 in Rajnandgaon and 2,140 in Mahasamund have been set up.

Nine Lok Sabha candidates from Kanker, 13 from Mahasamund and 14 from Rajnandgaon are in the fray.

Assembly areas under the three Lok Sabha constituencies are Pandaria, Kavardha, Khairgarh, Dongargarh, Rajnandgaon, Dongargaon and Khuji of Rajnandgaon; Sarai Pali, Basana, Khallari, Mahasamund, Rajim, Gurud, Dhamtari and Kanker of Kanker and Seehava, Sanjari-Balod, Dondilohra and Gundrehihi of Mahasamund.

The period during which the voters in these areas can cast their votes is 7 AM — 5 PM.

Voting will be held from 7 in the morning to 3 o’clock in Mohala-Manpur, Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha constituency, and Antagarh, Bhanupratappur, Keshkal and Kanker Assembly constituencies of Kanker Lok Sabha constituency.

Six voting centres under the Bindranvagad Assembly of Mahasamund Lok Sabha constituency will be cast from 7 AM to 3 PM too. These include Kamarbhoudi, Amamora, Oder, Badgeobra, Sahabinakhar and Kodomali polling booths. The remaining voting centres of the Bindranwad Assembly are being held from 7 in the morning to 5 in the morning.

In all three Lok Sabha constituencies, 36 candidates are in the fray. But the main fight is between the BJP and the Congress.

In Rajnandgaon region, BJP’s Santosh Pandey and Congress’s Bholaram Sahu, BJP’s Mohan Mandavi in ​​Kanker and Biresh Thakur of Congress and Mahasamund Lok Sabha seats are contesting between BJP’s Chunnilal Sahu and Congress’s Dhandendra Sahu.

The Election Commission distributed election to the 11 Lok Sabha seats of Chhattisgarh in three phases. In the first phase, voting for the Bastar Lok Sabha seat was concluded on 11 April. In the second phase, on 18 April, voting is going on for Kanker, Rajnandgaon and Mahasamund Lok Sabha seats.

In the third phase, voting will be held for Raipur, Bilaspur, Raigad, Korba, Janjgir Champa, Durg and Sarguja Lok Sabha seats on 23 April.

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छत्तीसगढ़ में चुनाव के बीच नक्सलियों द्वारा IED विस्फोट

राजनंदगांव | छत्तीसगढ़ के राजनंदगांव जिले में गुरुवार को नक्सलियों ने एक IED विस्फोट किया जहाँ मतदान चल रहा है। एक वरिष्ठ पुलिस अधिकारी ने पत्रकारों को यह जानकारी दी।

घटना में किसी के हताहत होने की सूचना नहीं है।

“मानपुर-मोहला विधानसभा क्षेत्र के अंतर्गत पड़ने वाले मेधा और डब्बा गाँवों के बीच सुबह करीब 10.30 बजे नक्सलियों ने इम्प्रोवाइज्ड एक्सप्लोसिव डिवाइस (IED) से विस्फोट किया जब मतदान के मद्देनजर भारत-तिब्बत सीमा पुलिस की टीम इलाके के बाहर अभियान में व्यस्त थी, उन्होंने कहा।

उन्होंने कहा कि नक्सलियों की इस करतूत से सुरक्षाकर्मियों को कोई नुकसान नहीं हुआ क्योंकि विस्फोट उनसे कुछ मीटर की दूरी पर हुआ। उन्होंने कहा कि पास के क्षेत्र में एक तलाशी अभियान चल रहा था।

राजनांदगांव लोकसभा क्षेत्र के मानपुर-मोहला विधानसभा क्षेत्र में मतदान सुबह 7 से दोपहर 3 बजे तक हो रहा है। राजनांदगांव लोकसभा सीट के शेष सात विधानसभा क्षेत्रों में मतदान का समय सुबह 7 से शाम 5 बजे तक है। इलाके में नक्सलियों का प्रभाव व्याप्त है।

राज्य के तीन निर्वाचन क्षेत्रों-राजनांदगांव, कांकेर और महासमुंद के आसपास लगभग 60,000 कर्मियों और ड्रोनों की भारी सुरक्षा व्यवस्था का इंतजाम किया गया है। नक्सलियों से ग्रस्त क्षेत्र में लोकसभा चुनाव के दूसरे चरण में मतदान हो रहा है।

छत्तीसगढ़ में तीन चरणों में मतदान हो रहा है — 11, 18 और 23 अप्रैल।

आम चुनाव-सम्बंधित प्रमुख ख़बरों के लिए इस पृष्ठ पर पधारें।

कुछ ही दिनों पूर्व भाजपा विधायक भीमा मंडावी, 40, और चार अन्य 9 अप्रैल की शाम को तब नक्सलियों के हमले में मारे गए जब माओवादियों ने छत्तीसगढ़ के दंतेवाड़ा क्षेत्र में उनके काफिले पर हमला किया। राज्य की राजधानी रायपुर से लगभग 350 किलोमीटर दूर श्यामगिरी पहाड़ियों पर यह हमला लोकसभा चुनाव के पहले चरण की शुरुआत से दो दिन पहले हुआ था।

नक्सलियों ने स्थानीय लोगों को चुनाव में मतदान करने के ख़िलाफ़ चेतावनी दी है। उनके पोस्टरों से इलाके की दीवारें भरी हुई हैं।

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Chhattisgarh Lok Sabha election: 14% turnout till 9:30 AM

Bastar: Around 14% electorate cast their votes in the first couple of hours of polling in the Naxal-hit Bastar Lok Sabha constituency of Chhattisgarh on Thursday.

At some places, there were reports of EVM snags which were being rectified, an election official in the Chhattisgarh capital Raipur told a news agency.

“Polling in Bastar seat started at 7 AM and is going on smoothly. Till 9.30 am, around 14% polling has been registered,” he said.

Long queues of voters were seen at several polling booths in the region.

Early in the morning, Naxals detonated an IED (improvised explosive device) in Narayanpur district, which comes under Bastar constituency, police said.

No casualty was reported in the blast.

A thick security blanket, comprising around 80,000 State and paramilitary personnel, was thrown across the constituency to ensure peaceful polling.

Polling in Bastar Lok Sabha constituency’s four Assembly segments — Dantewada, Konta, Bijapur and Narayanpur — is being held from 7 AM and 3 PM, the official said.

The voting time in the other four Assembly segments — Bastar, Chitrakoot, Kondagaon and Jagdalpur — of the constituency is from 7 AM and 5 PM, he said.

Seven candidates are in the fray in the seat and as per electoral rolls, there are 13,72,127 voters, including 6,59,824 men, 7,12,261 women and 42 of the third gender.

Of the 1,879 polling booths in the constituency, 741 have been marked as hyper-sensitive and 606 as sensitive in view of the threat of Naxalism.

There is a direct contest between Congress’ Dipak Baij and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Baiduram Kashyap.

The BJP has never lost the Bastar seat since 1998.

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Maoists target jawans yet again in Chhattisgarh

New Delhi: Just before India is about to enter the first phase of Lok Sabha elections, the security forces were once again targeted by Maoists in Kanker, Chhattisgarh this morning at around 11.45 AM. As per the latest information, in the ensuing encounter, four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed in action whereas two other jawans are severely injured.

The injured jawans have been admitted to the hospital. As per reports, the encounter is still going on.

The jawans were on a search operation today when they encountered the Maoists (aka Naxals in popular parlance). According to sources, a tremendous crossfire between the Maoists and the police ensued in the forests of village Maula under Pratappur Police Station of Pankhajur.

After receiving the information of the incident, additional forces have been sent to the spot. The encounter between the police and the Maoists in the area is still going on. The BSF’s 114 Battalion has been targeted by the Maoists this time. Many Naxalites have also been injured in this encounter, the area has been surrounded by the security forces.

Of late, the Maoists have carried out many attacks, both on civilians and security forces. On the occasion of Holi, the Maoists targeted the civilians in Bijapur where they blasted an IED and blew up a vehicle, in which about 9 people were injured.

On 18 March in Dantewada, Naxals targeted the jawans by blasting an IED in which one jawan was martyred.

In the wake of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the presence of security forces in the state have been increased and security beefed up. The security forces are continuously patrolling the sensitive areas so as to ensure that the people don’t face any risk while casting votes in the elections. The Naxals have been repeatedly appealing and threatening the people against taking part in the electoral process.

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Cases against Scheduled Tribes in Chhattisgarh’s Naxal areas to be reviewed

Raipur: The Chhattisgarh government of the Congress has constituted a committee to review cases filed against people belonging to the Scheduled Tribes in Naxal-affected areas.

Senior officials of the state said here on Tuesday that a high-level committee has been set up for reviewing cases registered against people belonging to the Scheduled Tribes in Maoist-affected areas.

The chairman of this committee will be retired Justice AK Patnaik. Chhattisgarh’s Advocate General or Additional Advocate General, Additional Chief Secretary of the Home Department, Secretary of the Tribal Development Department, Director General Jail (Naxal Operation Incharge), Director General of Police and Commissioner of Bastar Division will be its members.

Officials said that the committee has been formed on the instructions of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.

Are Scheduled Tribes really being persecuted?

When the Bharatiya Janata Party government was in power in the state, the Congress, which was the opposition, used to allege that tribals of Naxal-affected areas were being implicated in fake cases.

This may be construed by the BJP, now in the opposition, as the language of Maoist sympathisers. According to Maoist sympathisers, the Constitution “ratified colonial policy and made the state custodian of tribal homelands”, turning tribal populations into squatters on their own land and denied them their traditional rights to forest produce.

These Naxalite conflicts began in the late 1960s with the prolonged failure of the Indian government to implement constitutional reforms to provide for limited tribal autonomy with respect to natural resources on their lands, for example, pharmaceutical and mining, as well as pass ‘land ceiling laws’, limiting the land to be possessed by landlords and distribution of excess land to landless farmers and labourers, say Maoists.

In the areas inhabited largely by Scheduled Tribes, disputes related to illegal alienation of ST land to non-tribal people, still common, gave rise to the Naxalite movement, say mainstream communists with a tenor that is not harsh on the lawless violence by Maoist terrorists who run used to run a parallel government in the areas of their dominance, replete with kangaroo courts.

On 16 April 2018, the Union Home Ministry had removed 44 districts from the list of left-wing extremism (LWE) hit states, bringing the number of affected districts down to 30. Soon after, in May, security forces killed more than 40 Naxalites in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district. The Baghel government may well play a role in helping the dispersed Maoists regroup and gain a firm foothold in Chhattisgarh again.

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10 Maoist terrorists killed in Chhattisgarh encounter

Raipur: Ten Maoist terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh Thursday, police said. The face-off took place in forests under Bhairamgarh police station area of Bijapur district when a joint team of security personnel was out on an anti-Naxal operation, state Director General of Police DM Awasthi told reporters here.

“Police received a specific input about the presence of Maoist Divisional Committee members Rajman Mandavi and Sukhlal with 50-60 cadre in the interiors of Bhairamgarh forest. They were reportedly conducting a training camp for the lower-rung cadre there,” Awasthi said.

The anti-Maoist operation

Acting on the tip-off, around 200 members of the combined squad of the Special Task Force and the District Reserve Guard launched the operation in the night of Wednesday, the DGP said.

“When the patrolling team was in the forest near Borga village, around 450 km from the state capital Raipur, at around 11 am on Thursday, the Naxals opened fire on them that led to the gun-battle,” Awasthi said.

“The intermittent firing lasted for two-and-a-half hours. When the exchange of fire ended, bodies of 10 uniform-clad Naxals were recovered from the spot along with 11 muzzle loading guns and a 315 bore revolver,” the DGP said. A large cache of explosives was also recovered from the spot, he said.

Terming it as a successful intelligence-based operation in the beginning of 2019, Awasthi said such operations will continue. Reinforcement has been rushed to the spot to assist the patrolling team to evacuate the bodies, he said.

“The identity of the killed Naxals and other details will be known once the security forces return,” Awasthi added.

In 2019, this is the biggest anti-Maoist operation in terms of the number of Naxal militants the security forces were able to kill.

This is also the first major anti-Naxal operation since the Congress government came to power in the State. The new regime has said it will hold talks with the affected stakeholders in the Left Wing Extremism areas to end the Maoist menace.