Everything you need to know about Bastar: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more
Everything you need to know about Bastar: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more
Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh), June 18 (IANS) A group of Maoists hacked to death an assistant constable in insurgency-riddled Bastar region, police said Tuesday.
Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh), June 15 (IANS) Heavy monsoon rains since June 11 in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region have inundated dozens of villages and marooned about 8,000 people, mostly tribals, government officials said Saturday.
Bangalore, June 13 (ANI): The attack by Maoists on the Intercity express in Bihar is contrary to the policies of Maoists said the Human rights activist and academic, Professor Hargopal, in an interview with the Asian News International.
Raipur (Chhattisgarh), June 12 (ANI): Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh Raman Singh paid floral tributes to the veteran leader of Congress party Vidya Charan Shukla, here today.
Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh), June 11 (IANS) Maoists here said Tuesday that they killed state Congress leader V.C. Shukla in revenge for the violence by state forces on innocent people.
New Delhi, June 11 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday condoled the death of Congress leader V.C. Shukla, who was seriously injured in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh last month.
Panaji (Goa), June 8 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday blamed the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) for the Maoist menace stating that the UPA has failed to take care of internal terror related issues.
New Delhi, June 7 (ANI): Twelve legislators from Assam met Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde here on Friday, and appraised him about the growing Maoist problem in the state.
New Delhi, June 7 (IANS) The central government Friday launched a special programme providing job opportunities to youths in 24 districts across the country which have been affected by Maoist violence.
Raipur, June 7 (ANI) The recent attack by the Naxals in south Chhattisgarh, where the top ranking political leaders of Chhattisgarh were killed has been one of the gruesome attacks against Indian politicians in the recent past.
New Delhi, June 5 (ANI): Asserting that Maoist violence has no place in democratic India, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Wednesday called upon state governments to work with the Centre in combatting this menace.
New Delhi, June 5 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will inaugurate the conference of Chief Ministers on 'internal security' here today.
New Delhi, June 4 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will inaugurate the conference of Chief Ministers on 'internal security' here on Wednesday.
New Delhi, June 4 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh Police has arrested a suspected Naxal leader identified as Savita alias Madhvi in Khammam district of the state.
Raipur/New Delhi, June 3 (ANI): Taking a jibe at the Congress Party over the May 25 Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh's Bastar District, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday alleged that it wants to take advantage of the incident.
Raipur, June 3 (ANI): Mounting pressure on the Raman Singh-led BJP Government in Chhattisgarh, opposition Congress legislators have offered to resign en masse from the state assembly to force a dissolution of the house in the wake of the May 25 Maoist attack in which senior Congress leaders were killed in Bastar.
New Delhi, June 3 (IANS) The Congress Monday appointed Charan Das Mahant, the MP from Korba, as the new party chief in Chhattisgarh, days after its state president was killed in a Maoist attack.
Raipur, June 1 (IANS) Maoists attacked a CRPF search party in Chhattisgarh close to the Odisha border Saturday evening and killed an assistant commandant, police said. The ambush came exactly a week after the deadly attack on a Congress convoy in the Bastar region.
Raipur, June 1 (IANS) Maoists attacked a CRPF search party in Chhattisgarh Saturday evening and killed an assistant commandant, police said. The ambush came exactly a week after the deadly attack on a Congress convoy in the Bastar region.
New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) Saying that there were "conspiracy theories from the Congress household" doing rounds regarding the last week's Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh, the BJP Friday demanded that former chief minister Ajit Jogi testify before the panel probing the incident.
New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) The People's Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) Friday urged the central and state governments to talk to Maoists in order to end the "war" raging in the vast Bastar region in Chhattisgarh.
'If terrorism is uncontrolled, if leftwing extremism continues to flourish in important parts of our country which have tremendous natural resources of minerals, that will certainly affect the climate for investment.'
New Delhi, May 31 (ANI): Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde is expected to visit Chhattisgarh on Friday, days after Maoists wiped out most of the top state Congress leadership in Bastar District in an ambush.
New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Condemning the deadly Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh, Amnesty International Thursday said the violence could put more civilians at risk.
Gurgaon/New Delhi, May 30 (ANI): Doctors treating Vidya Charan Shukla at the Medanta Medicity Hospital in Gurgaon on Thursday said that the veteran Congress leader is still in a very serious condition.
Raipur, May 30 (ANI): An all-party meeting convened by Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh here on Thursday on the Maoist issue urged the Central Government to come out with a work plan, and called for better coordination to tackle the threat.
New Delhi, May 28 (ANI): Accusing the Congress of indulging in "petty politics" for charging the Chhattisgarh Government with failure to provide adequate security to Congress leaders killed in Saturday's Naxal attack in Bastar District, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday called on the Congress to evolve a well coordinated policy to combat, neutralise and eradicate the Naxal menace.
New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) The anti-Maoist operations in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh are set to be augmented with the air force putting in place a squadron of its latest Mi-17 V-5 helicopters in Nagpur for the assistance of security forces.
Gurgaon, May 29 (IANS) Congress leader V.C. Shukla, who was critically injured in the Maoist attack on party leaders in Chhattisgarh last week, continues to remain critical, doctors attending on him here said Wednesday.
Raipur, May 29 (ANI): The opposition Congress has said that it will boycott an all-party meeting convened by the BJP-led government in Chhattisgarh, in the wake of the May 25 Maoist attack in Bastar District, which claimed the lives of 27 people, including senior Congress leaders.
New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) The Maoists wiping out the top leadership of the Chhattisgarh Congress is a "setback" but the party is "ready to face any challenge" in the poll-bound state, Congress party leaders say.
Raipur, May 29 (ANI): Justice Prashant Mishra, a sitting judge of the Chhattisgarh High Court, will probe last Saturday's Maoist attack on the Congress leaders.
New Delhi, May 29 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Rajnath Singh will visit Chhattisgarh on Wednesday and meet the family members of Congress leaders Nand Kumar Patel, Mahendra Karma and others killed in the Maoist attack last Saturday.
A recent news report has quoted intelligence sources as saying there has been a change of guard in the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) in Dandakaranya, the rebel hub in the country's very heart.
Raipur, May 26 (ANI): The bodies of Chhattisgarh Congress chief Nand Kumar Patel and his son, who were kidnapped by Maoists, were found on Sunday in Jiram valley in Chhattisgarh's Bastar distirct.
Gurgaon, May 28 (IANS) Congress leader V.C. Shukla, who was critically injured in the Maoist attack on party leaders in Chhattisgarh, has shown a little improvement but continues to be critical, doctors attending on him said here Tuesday.
Gurgaon, May 28 (ANI): Renowned cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeon, and chairman and managing director of the Medanta Medicity Hospital in Gurgaon Dr. Naresh Trehan on Tuesday said that senior Congress leader Vidya Charan Shukla continued to be in a critical state medically, though he has shown slight improvements in the past 24 hours.
It would have remained - and forgotten -- as another localised peasant-police clash had not the lanky Charu Mazumdar called it the start of a long awaited agrarian revolution, and promptly received the blessings of Mao, his ideological god. Thanks to China's decision to call the May 1967 incident in Naxalbari village in West Bengal a 'spring thunder' and a 'prairie fire', a brutal and violent Maoist movement soon engulfed India.
Bhubaneswar, May 27 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Monday announced a compensation of Rs.2 lakh each for the families of two men from the state who were killed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh Saturday, the chief minister's office here said.
Thanjavur, May 27 (ANI): Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Monday said there is no proposal for the army to join the anti-naxal operations in Chhattisgarh.
Gurgaon, May 27 (ANI): Renowned cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeon, and chairman and managing director of the Medanta Medicity Hospital in Gurgaon Dr. Naresh Trehan on Monday said that doctors were concerned about senior Congress leader Vidya Charan Shukla's intestinal injuries, and added that he continues to remain in a critical stable state two days after suffering gunshot wounds in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh's Bastar District.
Gurgaon, May 27 (IANS) Congress leader V.C. Shukla, critically injured in the Maoist attack on party leaders in Chhattisgarh, continues to remain critical and will take time to recover owing to his old age, doctors attending on him here said Monday.
Gurgaon, May 27 (ANI): Doctors at Gurgaon's Medanta Medicity Hospital have said that the condition of senior Congress leader Vidya Charan Shukla, who suffered a gunshot injuries in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh's Bastar District, is still critical but stable.
New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) A day after Maoists targeted a Congress convoy in Chattisgarh's Bastar, killing several top leaders, the BJP Sunday announced it had decided to postpone its week-long, nation-wide agitation against the Congress-led UPA scheduled to start May 27.
Bastar, May 26 (ANI): Anti-Maoist Salwa Judum movement's founder Mahendra Karma was the prime target of the insurgents when they attacked the Congress convoy in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region and the rebels danced before they riddled him with bullets, a survivor said on Sunday.
New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Expressing shock at the Maoist attack on a Congress convoy in Chhattisgarh, President Pranab Mukherjee Sunday said the country would not be "intimidated" by such acts. Vice President Hamid Ansari said extremism and violence have to be fought and eliminated.
New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Describing the Maoist attack on a Congress convoy which claimed close to 30 lives as a "holocaust", Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh Sunday said the incident shows that left-wing extremists have no faith in democracy.
Jagdalpur, May 26 (IANS) A day after a Maoist ambush in Chhattisgarh claimed close to 30 lives, Chief Minister Raman Singh Sunday said an elaborate strategy would be put in place to give a fitting response to Maoist insurgents.
New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Brinda Karat Sunday said the Maoist attack on the Congress convoy in Chhattisgarh was "barbaric" and a shocking example of politics of violence and terror by the Maoists.
New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Activist Swami Agnivesh Sunday demanded that Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and Governor Shekhar Dutt be removed from their posts for their failure to provide security to the people of the state.
New Delhi, May 26 (ANI): Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Sunday condemned the Maoist strike on Congress party leaders and activists in Chhattisgarh.
New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) "Deeply dismayed" and "shocked" by the Maoist attack on a Congress convoy in Chhattisgarh, President Pranab Mukherjee Sunday said the country would not be "overawed" or "intimidated" by such action.
Gurgaon, May 26 (IANS) Terming the Naxal attack on a Congress convoy in Chhattisgarh "one of the most audacious", BJP leader L.K. Advani Sunday called upon everyone to "come together" to combat the Naxal challenge.
Raipur, May 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Sunday extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives in yesterday's incident of violence in Chhattisgarh.
Raipur, May 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Sunday met victims of the Chhattisgarh Maoist attack, which left at least 27 dead, including two senior Congress leaders.
New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) The Congress party Sunday said it is incumbent upon the state governments to ensure that those who wage political battle against the Left-wing extremism are well protected.
New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) The 84-year-old Congress leader V.C. Shukla, critically injured after Maoists ambushed a convoy of Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region, has received multiple bullet injuries, doctors treating him at a Gurgaon hospital said Sunday.
Gurgaon, May 26 (ANI): Doctors treating injured Congress leader VC Shukla, who suffered gunshot injuries in the Maoist attack on a Congress rally in Chhattisgarh, here on Sunday said that his condition remains critical.
Jammu/New Delhi, May 26 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday condemned the Maoist strike on Congress party leaders and activists in Chhattisgarh.
New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) The BJP Sunday condemned the Maoist attack on a Congress convoy in Chhattisgarh in which 16 people, including two senior Congress leaders, were killed, and appealed to political parties to come together and fight the extremist menace.
Gurgaon, May 26 (ANI): Senior Congress leader V.C.Shukla, who was injured after heavily-armed Maoists ambushed a convoy of party leaders in Chhattisgarh's Bastar district, was on Sunday airlifted to Gurgaon's Medanta hospital from Raipur.
New Delhi, May 26 (ANI): Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has termed the naxal attack on Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh as gruesome, and said that the government needed to adopt a zero tolerance policy towards terrorism and Naxalism.
New Delhi, May 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has condemned the Maoist strike on Congress leaders and workers in Chhattisgarh's Jagdalpur district, and said that the Government will take firm action against the perpetrators of violence of any kind.
Raipur, May 12 (IANS) Four security personnel were killed while another was seriously injured in two separate insurgency-related incidents in Chhattisgarh's Bastar division, police said Sunday.
Bastar, May 12 (ANI): Three police personnel were killed and another injured when Naxals attacked a Doordarshan TV tower in Maoist-hit Chhattisgarh's Bastar District early this morning.
Naya Raipur, May 9 (IANS) Amid growing clout of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) in interiors of Chhattisgarh, the state government Thursday extended a ban on the terror outfit and its six affiliates for one more year.
Sukma (Chhattisgarh), May 8 (IANS) Two policeman of the Chhattisgarh Armed Forces (CAF) were killed and two injured Wednesday in an intense gun battle in a forested stretch in the state's southern tip in Sukma district, police said.
New Delhi, May 1 (ANI): Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal honoured noted social worker Dharampal Saini with The Week's "Man of The Year" award at a function held here yesterday evening.
New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) He began his life with an aim to educate and empower tribal girls in the hinterland of Chhattisgarh and after 36 years of hard work, 83-year-old Dharampal Saini is proud of the transformation.
Raipur, April 16 (IANS) At least 10 Maoists were killed early Tuesday when commandos from Andhra Pradesh stormed a forested area in Chhattisgarh, triggering a fierce firefight that lasted about 150 minutes.
Raipur, April 16 (IANS) At least 10 Maoist guerrillas were killed early Tuesday when security forces stormed their hideout in a thickly forested area in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region, police said.
Raipur (Chhattisgarh), April 6 (ANI): Security forces have roped in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Raipur, to provide treatment to villagers in Naxal-hit Bastar region in India's Chhattisgarh state.
Raipur, March 12 (IANS) The issue of migration of poor tribal people from Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Bastar region as labourers to neighbouring states in search of jobs rocked state assembly Tuesday.
Raipur, Feb 27 (IANS) Three policemen and a civilian were injured in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh Wednesday when Maoists triggered a landmine blast targeting their vehicle, an official said.
Raipur, Feb 27 (IANS) As many as 26 police personnel posted in Chhattisgarh's restive Bastar region ended their own lives and 226 officials quit the force in the last seven years, the government said Wednesday.
Sukma (Chhattisgarh), Feb.27 (ANI): Protests against Naxals over the murder of Sukma-based journalist Nemichand Jain have escalated.
Raipur, Feb 13 (IANS) Maoists are suspected to have killed a journalist of a Hindi newspaper in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region, police said Wednesday.
Raipur, Feb 11 (IANS) Masked assailants Monday killed a government doctor in his own house in Chhattisgarh, police said.
Raipur, Feb 7 (IANS) Chhattisgarh's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) held a crucial core group meeting here Thursday in which key leaders devised strategy to retain power in the state, which goes to the polls later this year, sources said.
Raipur, Jan 26 (IANS) Chhattisgarh's tribal population in the Maoist bastion Bastar Saturday defied Maoist dictates and celebrated Republic Day although the rebels blocked dozens of roads in forested interiors.
Raipur, Jan 21 (IANS) Maoist militants attacked a police station located alongside a key national highway in Chhattisgarh's restive Bastar district early Monday but the alert cops repulsed them, police said.
Raipur, Jan 19 (ANI): The Indian Air Force (IAF) M-17 crew, involved in an rescue operation in naxal hit south Bastar, left behind an injured Chhattisgarh Police radio operator in the jungles after their helicopter developed technical problems during an evacuation operation.
Book: "Let's Call Him Vasu"; Author: Shubhranshu Choudhary; Publisher: Penguin Books; Pages: 270; Price: 350
Raipur, Dec 11 (IANS) As many as five companies have been granted prospecting licences (PL) for iron ore in Chhattisgarh during 2011-12 and 2012-13 fiscal years, the state assembly was told Tuesday.
New Delhi, Dec 8 (ANI): On the occasion of its Founder's Day, the Charkha Development Communication Network has felicitated I. Ramamohan Rao, former Principal Information Officer Government of India and presently Chief Editor of Asian News International (ANI), for his role in encouraging the dissemination of writings written by, and on, people from the remote and conflict-affected regions of India.
Kolkata, Dec 8 (IANS) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh Saturday here hoped that Maoist violence-hit Bastar district in his state will witness development after the commissioning of a Rs.10,000 crore steel plant.
Raipur, Dec 2 (IANS) Violence-hit Bastar region wore a deserted look as the PLGA Week observed by the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) commenced Sunday, police said.
Raipur, Dec 2 (IANS) Violence-hit Bastar region wore a deserted look Sunday a day before the week-long PLGA Week observed by the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), police said.
Raipur, Nov 26 (IANS) Ramniwas, a 1982 batch Indian Police Service officer, has been appointed he new director general of police (DGP) of Chhattisgarh which is fighting Maoist militancy, an official statement said Monday.
Raipur, Nov 18 (IANS) A head constable was killed Sunday by Maoist rebels in an attack on a combing squad at a forested area in Chhattisgarh, police said.
Dantewada, Nov 8 (IANS) Chhattisgarh Congress leader Mahendra Karma, who is credited with founding the anti-Maoist movement Salwa Judum, escaped a landmine blast Thursday while his motorcade was passing through a forest in Dantewada district.
Raipur, Nov 6 (IANS) Chhattisgarh Police arrested three Maoist insurgents Tuesday from the jungles of Koilibeda area in Kanker district, which is part of a sprawling Maoist hotbed in Bastar region.
Raipur, Nov 4 (IANS) Two Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) constables were killed early Sunday in a firefight with Maoist guerrillas near an iron ore mine in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district, police said.
Raipur, Nov 4 (IANS) Two Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) constables were killed early Sunday in a gun battle with Maoist guerrillas near an iron ore mine in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district, police said.
Kanker (Chattisgarh), October 22 Chhattisgarh has always been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Rarely do we hear or read in the media of the true plight of the villagers: How do they live? Are the basic facilities like sanitation, education, health and livelihood being looked after? The answer, it seems, is a emphatic "No".
Raipur, Oct 20 (IANS) Three senior Maoist guerrillas were apprehended Saturday in two separate incidents in Chhattisgarh, police said.
Raipur, Oct 10 (IANS) Security forces destroyed a temporary camp of Maoist guerrillas in Abujhmad in Bastar district and razed to the ground two memorials erected to glorify the ultras in Kondagaon district, police said Wednesday.
Raipur, Oct 6 (IANS) The national president of the Adivasi Mahasabha Saturday demanded that the government withdraw the security forces if it is serious about establishing peace in Bastar. Only after that would the Mahasabha ask the Maoists also to leave the area, he said.
Raipur, Oct 4 (IANS) A human-trafficking bid was foiled in Chhattisgarh with 35 workers, majority of them minors, rescued from a Odisha-bound private bus, a police official said Thursday.
Raipur, Oct 2 (IANS) Maoist insurgents in Chhattisgarh, demanding release of two of their jailed cadres, had blocked traffic and dug up roads in Sukma district, officials said Tuesday.