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Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon likely to be released by noon

May 3, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Raipur, May 3 (ANI): Abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon is likely to be released by his Maoist captors around noon today.

Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon to be released on Thursday

May 2, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Raipur, May 2 (ANI): Abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon is expected to be released tomorrow by his Maoist captors.

Armed Maoists receive interlocutors in Chhattisgarh jungle

April 28, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Raipur, April 28 (IANS) Armed Maoists received both of their interlocutors, bearing the Chhattisgarh government's response to their demands for release of abducted Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon, in a jungle pocket in violence-hit Bastar region Saturday afternoon, raising hopes of the official's safe and early release.

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Abducted collector: Maoists' mediators fly to Bastar

April 28, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Raipur, April 28 (IANS) Exactly a week after Maoists abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon at gun point, two interlocutors named by them Saturday flew in to Bastar to brief the rebels about the government's response to their demands set for safe release of the young officer, an official here said.

Mediators sum up talks as rebels hike demands, justify abduction

April 27, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Raipur, April 27 (IANS) Interlocutors for the Maoists and the mediators appointed by Chhattisgarh government held talks for over five hours Friday to find a way for safe release of Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon, even as the rebels increased their demands, now seeking release of 17 of their jailed colleagues as against the original eight.

Maoists' mediators sum up talks as rebels hike demands

April 27, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Raipur, April 27 (IANS) Interlocutors for the Maoists and the mediators appointed by Chhattisgarh government held talks for over five hours Friday to find a way for safe release of Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon, even as the rebels increased their demand, now seeking release of 17 of their jailed colleagues as against the original eight.

'Abducted collector Menon is safe'

April 26, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Raipur, April 26 (IANS) Alex Paul Menon was "fine and safe", Left leader Manish Kunjam said Thursday after delivering asthma medicines for Chhattisgarh's Sukma collector who has been in Maoist captivity since April 21.

Maoists' mediator Sharma to set out for Bastar Thursday

April 25, 2012 at 8:37 PM

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Maoists' mediator B.D. Sharma will Thursday head for Chhattisgarh's Bastar region to initiate a dialogue for the release of captive Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon.

Collector's abduction: Tension as Maoist deadline ends

April 25, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Raipur, April 25 (IANS) Tension spread in Chhattisgarh as the deadline set by the abductors of Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon lapsed at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Officials said they had no information about the fate of the young officer.

Collector's abduction: tension as Maoist deadline nears

April 25, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Raipur, April 25 (IANS) Tension spread in Chhattisgarh as the deadline set by the abductors of Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon lapses at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Reports coming in from the Maoists stronghold of Bastar said the deadline could be extended.

Anti-naxal operations in Bastar suspended to facilitate collector's release

April 23, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Raipur/New Delhi, Apr 23 (ANI): As uncertainty looms over the release of abducted Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon, the state government has reportedly suspended the anti-Naxal operation in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region.

Maoists kill 2 BJP workers, driver in Chhattisgarh

April 20, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Raipur, April 20 (IANS) Maoist guerrillas Friday carried out a deadly attack on the convoy of a legislator of Chhattisgarh's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) triggering a powerful landmine blast in the troubled Bastar region in which three persons were killed, police said.

Maoist group meet to focus on Green Hunt, economic crisis

April 19, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Hyderabad, April 19 (IANS) Resistance group Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF), at its first conference here April 22-23, will demand an end to the anti-Maoist Operation Green Hunt and discuss how to turn the current economic crisis in the country into a revolutionary opportunity.

Chhattisgarh assesses rural development, skips rebel areas

April 18, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Raipur, April 18 (IANS) Chhattisgarh's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government launched a mega drive Wednesday to assess development work in nearly 20,000 villages, but skipped visiting the remote forested areas commanded by the rebels, an official said.

General V.K. Singh visits Maoist heartland

April 14, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Raipur, April 14 (IANS) Army chief General V.K. Singh travelled to leftist insurgency-hit Chhattisgarh's Bastar region Saturday where the army has a training camp in a jungle stretch, official sources said.

Maoists kill civilian on spying charge

April 9, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Raipur, April 9 (IANS) Maoist militants shot dead a tribal youth Monday in Chhattisgarh's restive Bastar region on suspicion he was spying for the police, police said.

Maoists injured in Chhattisgarh gunfight

April 2, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Raipur, April 2 (IANS) Several Maoists were injured in a lengthy gunfight with paramilitary forces in the early morning hours Monday in a remote jungle area in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region, police said.

International conspiracy behind Maoist activities in India: Chhattisgarh CM

April 1, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Raipur, Apr.1 (ANI): Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh believes there is an international conspiracy behind Maoist activities in India, and adds that the motive is to destabilise and weaken the country economically.

An adrenaline rush inside the exhilarating caves of Chhattisgarh

April 1, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Bastar (Chhattisgarh), April 1 (IANS) Walking down the narrow, steep staircase in a rock crevice surrounded by dense foliage, one enters through a small iron door the pitch dark and intimidating Kutumsar caves. Considered one of the longest caves in the world, the exhilarating journey which lasts for about an hour is a must for those seeking an adrenaline rush.

Chhattisgarh tribal boy flees from Maoist captivity

March 31, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Raipur, March 31 (IANS) A minor Chhattisgarh tribal boy who was abducted by Maoists on charges of acting as a police informer, managed to flee from the rebels' captivity in restive Bastar region and reached safety after a night-long walk through the jungle, police said Saturday.

498 killed in Maoist violence since March 2010: Chhattisgarh

March 28, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Raipur, March 28 (IANS) As many as 498 people were killed in Maoist violence in Chhattisgarh since March 2010, the state assembly was informed Wednesday.

Maoists kill CRPF trooper in Chhattisgarh

March 26, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Raipur, March 26 (IANS) A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper was gunned down and his colleague injured in a gunfight Monday with Maoists in a forested area in Chhattisgarh's restive Bastar region, police said.

Chhattisgarh legislators advised to be alert while on tour

March 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Raipur, March 26 (IANS) Police in Chhattisgarh have urged the state's legislators to be on high alert while trekking through Maoist jungle strongholds in the wake of the abduction of a BJD MLA in neighbouring Odisha, a top police officer said Monday.

Police clueless on CRPF trooper's killing

March 23, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Raipur, March 23 (IANS) Police in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district Friday failed to get any clue about Maoists who had brutally killed a paramilitary trooper in full public view Thursday.

Train network to be expanded in Maoist infested regions of Chhattisgarh

January 21, 2012 at 8:08 PM

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi on Saturday said steps will be taken to expand the railway network in the Maoist infested areas of Chhattisgarh.

Tribals bear the brunt of Maoist violence as well as Government Operations

January 3, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Raipur, Jan 3 (ANI): Humanity, harmony, good governance are ideals a democratic nation aspires to. As the world's largest democracy, India is no exception. Her lawmakers and administrators, often the brightest of her citizens, vow to serve the people and govern them with integrity.

Maoists oppose foundation day celebrations of Chhattisgarh

November 1, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Narayanpur (Chhattisgarh), Nov. 1 (ANI): Maoists forced a daylong shutdown in Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur District on Tuesday to oppose the foundation-day anniversary celebrations of the state.

Naxals attack CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh, kill 4

October 7, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Bastar (Chhattisgarh), Oct 7 (ANI): At least four Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed and ten others injured when Maoists triggered off a landmine blast in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region.

Winds of change in Chhattisgarh

September 12, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Raipur, Sep 12 (ANI): Over time, the enduring image of Chhattisgarh, in particular Bastar has been of a region wracked by violence, skirmishes between the state security forces and the Naxals entrenched in the area.

Lok Sabha adjourns following member's death

March 10, 2011 at 1:53 PM

New Delhi, Mar 10(ANI): The Lok Sabha on Thursday was adjourned for the day, following the death of sitting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), MP from Bastar district Baliram Kashyap.

Three Maoists arrested in Bastar

March 4, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Bastar, Mar 4(ANI): Three Maoists were arrested in Chhattisgarh's Bastar district, in a joint operation by the State police and paramilitary forces.

Will the improvement in Inian internal security scenario last?

February 19, 2011 at 12:45 PM

New Delhi, Feb 19 (ANI): The Indian government seems to be in the midst a paradigm shift in its internal security assessment and posture. This is quite visible from the tone and tenor of the considerable number of statements emanating from the corridors of power in New Delhi, especially with regard to Jammu and Kashmir and the Naxal- hit areas.

Four Maoists surrender in Chhattisgarh

February 15, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Bastar, Feb 15 (ANI): Four Maoists have been surrendered before the top brass of the district police at Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region.

Maoists release abducted policemen in Chhattisgarh

February 12, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Bastar (Chhattisgarh), Feb 12(ANI): Five policemen, who were abducted by Maoists from Narayanpur 18 days ago, walked free from an undisclosed location in the dense forests of Bastar region in Chhattisgarh on Saturday.

Maoists release abducted policemen in Chhattisgarh

February 12, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Bastar (Chhattisgarh), Feb 12(ANI): Five policemen, who were abducted by Maoists from Narayanpur 18 days ago, walked free from an undisclosed location in the dense forests of Bastar region in Chhattisgarh on Saturday.

Maoists kill CRPF constable in Chhattisgarh

December 27, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Raipur, Dec 27 (ANI): A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper was killed and two others injured in an attack by Maoists in the jungle areas of Chhattisgarh's restive Bastar region.

Chidambaram says two-pronged strategy will continue to solve Naxalite problem

December 7, 2010 at 11:22 AM

New Delhi, Dec 7 (ANI): Home Minister P. Chidambaram has said that the Centre's two- pronged anti- Naxalite strategy will continue and there is no better alternative.

Chidambaram says two-pronged strategy will continue to solve Naxalite problem

December 7, 2010 at 11:21 AM

New Delhi, Dec 7 (ANI): Home Minister P. Chidambaram has said that the Centre's two- pronged anti- Naxalite strategy will continue and there is no better alternative.

Security forces bust Maoist camp in Bastar

November 26, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Bastar (Chhattisgarh), Nov.26 (ANI): Chhattisgarh Police and Central Reserve Police Force personnel in a joint operation busted a Maoist camp in Narayanpur area in Bastar District.

The young in Chattisgarh have education , but want it linked to careers

November 17, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Chhattisgarh, Nov 17 (ANI): Chhattisgarh recently celebrated its 10th year of inception, a momentous landmark in the life of a young state and an old region. It is a challenging region; rich in forests, mineral wealth, home to a large tribal population representing a way of life, culture, language and customs unique in itself, the cultural ethos and socio-economic patterns needed to be factored in while charting a developmental course by the founding fathers of the state and successive governments.

One swallow does not make a summer in Bastar

November 13, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Dantewara (Chhattisgarh), Nov.13 (ANI): Life for Adivasis or, the tribals in Bastar has been like traversing several time zones and development paradigms. Their traditional lifestyle that is dependent on forest produce and ethos of community living, of sharing of resources, continues even today.

PM, Sonia present 25th Indira Gandhi Award to Rahman, Ramkrishna Ashram

October 31, 2010 at 10:33 PM

New Delhi, Oct.31 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi presented the 25th Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration to Music composer A R Rahman and Ramkrishna Mission Ashram, Narainpur of Chhattisgarh jointly in the national capital on Sunday.

Chhattisgarh Police arrested four Maoists

September 19, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Bastar (Chhattisgarh), Sep 19 (ANI): Chhattisgarh Police arrested four Maoists during a search operation in Bastar District on Saturday.

Police arrest five Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Bastar District

September 12, 2010 at 2:49 PM

Jagdalpur (Bastar, Chhattisgarh), Sept.12 (ANI): Police have arrested five more Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Bastar District.

Headless body of CRPF personnel found in Chhattisgarh

August 16, 2010 at 8:50 PM

Bastar (Chhattisgarh), Aug 16 (ANI): Chhattisgarh Police have found a body of a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable near a camp in Bastar District.

Suspected Maoists trigger blast on NH-221

July 5, 2010 at 8:14 PM

Bastar, July 5 (ANI): In yet another incident of creating fear in public mind, suspected Maoists triggered a blast on the National Highway (NH-221) on Sunday leading to disruption of vehicular traffic in Darbha region of Chhattisgarh's Bastar district.

Suspected Maoists trigger blast on NH-221

July 5, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Bastar, July 5 (ANI): In yet another incident of creating fear in public mind, suspected Maoists triggered a blast on the National Highway (NH-221) on Sunday leading to disruption of vehicular traffic in Darbha region of Chhattisgarh's Bastar district.

Maoists kill three in Chhattisgarh

June 29, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Bastar (Chhattisgarh), June 29 (ANI): Three civilians were shot dead by the Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Bastar district on charges of being police informers.

Maoists damage railway track in Chhattisgarh

April 20, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Batkanta (Chhattisgarh), Apr 20 (ANI): Suspected Maoist rebels damaged a portion of a railway track near Chhattisgarh's Jagdalpur District on Monday.

Digvijay Singh for adopting developmental strategies to counter Naxals

April 14, 2010 at 3:54 PM

New Delhi, Apr 14 (ANI): Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh has questioned Union Home Minister P Chidambaram's anti-Naxal strategy, and urged him to introduce more development related strategies to counter the red ultras.

Maoists training cadres in Guerrilla warfare in Chhattisgarh

March 3, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Narayanpura (Chhattisgarh), March 3 (ANI): Maoists are training their cadres in the usage of modern arms and ammunitions in the thick forest area of Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur District.

Tribals protest against Tata's Chhattisgarh steel project

November 14, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Bastar(Chhattisgarh), Nov 14(ANI): Hundreds of tribals, including women, in Chhattisgarh's Bastar district reiterated their opposition at a public hearing against a Tata steel plant project being set up in Bastar.

Tribals protest against Tata's Chhattisgarh steel project

November 14, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Bastar(Chhattisgarh), Nov 14(ANI): Hundreds of tribals, including women, in Chhattisgarh's Bastar district reiterated their opposition at a public hearing against a Tata steel plant project being set up in Bastar.

Naxals want Ghotul culture to vanish from tribal life

November 7, 2009 at 6:41 PM

Bastar (Chhattisgarh), Nov.7 (ANI): Ghotul has existed as an institution among Muria Gond tribals of Chhattisgarh in which children six years onwards learn to socialize and educate themselves about life skills while living together.

Chhattisgarh's income from minerals royalty rises 20 percent

June 1, 2009 at 7:43 PM

Raipur, June 1 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh government Monday said its royalty earnings from minerals rose 20 percent in 2008-09 to Rs.1,237 crore.

Projecting Advani as PM candidate was mistake: BJP MP

May 16, 2009 at 8:10 PM

Raipur, May 16 (IANS) Projecting L.K. Advani as the Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate was a mistake, veteran BJP leader from Chhattisgarh Baliram Kashyap said Saturday as the party lost the Lok Sabha elections.

IAF pilots brave bullets from Naxals to facilitate ballot

May 14, 2009 at 3:57 PM

New Delhi, May 14 (ANI): Facilitating the unenviable task of conducting the electoral process, the Indian Air Force (IAF) pressed into service two IL-76, four AN-32 transport aircraft, 25 medium-lift helicopters and four Chetak helicopters during the just concluded elections.

IAF pilots braved bullets to help poll officials

May 14, 2009 at 1:20 PM

New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) Squadron Leader R. Dhobhal, the pilot of a Mi-17 helicopter, was supervising the loading of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and poll officials into his chopper when he heard gunfire. It was Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district, and Maoist insurgents were firing at them. He and his co-pilot managed to fly the election team to safety.

Maoists kill policeman in public view in Chhattisgarh

May 7, 2009 at 9:32 PM

Raipur, May 7 (IANS) Maoist militants murdered a police officer in full public view Thursday in Chhattisgarh's trouble-torn southern Bastar region, officials said.

Raman Singh begins road shows with hope of retaining power

October 30, 2008 at 5:58 PM

Raipur, Oct 30 (IANS) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh Thursday hit the road to spearhead the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) bid to retain power in next month's two-phased elections for the 90-member assembly of the mineral rich state.

Security cover for politicians campaigning in Maoist area

October 27, 2008 at 4:40 PM

Raipur, Oct 27 (IANS) The police said Monday that it was ready to provide security cover to politicians who wanted to campaign in the Maoist stronghold Bastar interiors of Chhattisgarh ahead of the Nov 14 assembly polls.

Chhattisgarh suspends 4 police officers for refusing to serve in Maoist area

October 15, 2008 at 2:19 PM

Raipur, Oct 15 (IANS) Four deputy superintendents of police (DSP) were suspended by the Chhattisgarh government after they refused to serve in the Maoist infested areas of the state, the police said Wednesday.

Four killed in Chhattisgarh blast, president 27 km away

October 6, 2008 at 8:15 PM

Raipur, Sep 29 (IANS) Four CRPF personnel were killed Monday when their vehicle was blown up in a landmine blast in Chhattisgarh's Maoist stronghold of Bastar, while President Pratibha Patil and the top brass of the state were at the Chitrakote waterfall 27 km away.

Maoists blow up CRPF vehicle hours before Patil visit, kill two, injure five

October 6, 2008 at 8:14 PM

Raipur, Sep 29 (IANS) Suspected Maoist insurgents triggered a landmine to blow up a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) vehicle in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh Monday, hours before President Pratibha Patil was scheduled to visit the area. A CRPF deputy commandant and a driver were killed, while five other troopers were injured.

CPI-M to observe 'black day' when India-US n-deal signed

October 6, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Raipur, Sep 28 (IANS) Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) general secretary Prakash Karat said Sunday his party would observe the day on which the India-US civil nuclear deal is signed as a 'black day'.

Patil in Chhattisgarh on two-day trip

October 6, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Raipur, Sep 28 (IANS) President Pratibha Patil arrived here Sunday evening by a special Indian Air Force aircraft on a two-day visit to Chhattisgarh.

President Patil to visit Chhattisgarh

October 6, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Raipur, Sep 27 (IANS) President Pratibha Patil will arrive here Sunday evening on a two-day trip to Chhattisgarh, a statement of the state government said Saturday.

Presidential convoy not target of attack in Chhatisgarh: President Office

October 6, 2008 at 7:57 PM

New Delhi, Sept 29 (ANI): The President's office has clarified that there has been no attack on the convoy of President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, during her visit to Chhattisgarh today, as reported by some sections of the media.

Presidential convoy not target of attack in Chhatisgarh: President Office

January 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

New Delhi, Sept 29 (ANI): The President's office has clarified that there has been no attack on the convoy of President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, during her visit to Chhattisgarh today, as reported by some sections of the media.

Four killed in Chhattisgarh blast, president 27 km away

January 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Raipur, Sep 29 (IANS) Four CRPF personnel were killed Monday when their vehicle was blown up in a landmine blast in Chhattisgarh's Maoist stronghold of Bastar, while President Pratibha Patil and the top brass of the state were at the Chitrakote waterfall 27 km away.

Maoists blow up CRPF vehicle hours before Patil visit, kill two, injure five

January 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Raipur, Sep 29 (IANS) Suspected Maoist insurgents triggered a landmine to blow up a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) vehicle in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh Monday, hours before President Pratibha Patil was scheduled to visit the area. A CRPF deputy commandant and a driver were killed, while five other troopers were injured.

Patil in Chhattisgarh on two-day trip

January 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Raipur, Sep 28 (IANS) President Pratibha Patil arrived here Sunday evening by a special Indian Air Force aircraft on a two-day visit to Chhattisgarh.

CPI-M to observe 'black day' when India-US n-deal signed

January 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Raipur, Sep 28 (IANS) Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) general secretary Prakash Karat said Sunday his party would observe the day on which the India-US civil nuclear deal is signed as a 'black day'.

President Patil to visit Chhattisgarh

January 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Raipur, Sep 27 (IANS) President Pratibha Patil will arrive here Sunday evening on a two-day trip to Chhattisgarh, a statement of the state government said Saturday.

Changing Maoist strategy in India: Need to prioritise threat perceptions

June 30, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Security agencies in the Maoist affected state of Jharkhand have recently planned to make extensive media campaign to expose Maoists. The ideas

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