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Tribal leaders allege there was police brutality ahead of a rally, organised to demand the release of those in jail, on 13 September. They are now threatening to step up their agitation.
Three posters were released by Chhattisgarh Police in an attempt to make local population aware about the ‘anti-tribal and anti-development’ agenda of Maoists in the state.
In just 30 days, Chhattisgarh, which was in 21st place on 10 August, has recorded alarming numbers, with active cases increasing by 694% and deaths by 311%.
Raipur: The tribal leaders in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar are planning to join forces to protest the privatisation plans of the under-construction NMDC Iron and Steel Plant at Nagarnar, days after Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel wrote to the Centre asking it to reconsider the move. The tribal leaders have said any move to privatise the Nagarnar steel plant will be strictly opposed, adding that private companies like Tata and Essar that had tried to enter Bastar earlier couldn’t do so. They said the same will happen in the future too. “We do not want to let any big corporate houses to enter the Bastar region… In this regard, we will very soon convene a meeting of Sarv Adivasi Samaj (All Tribal Societies) and will then decide about the outline of protests and movement to be launched in days to come,” said All India Tribal Federation president Manish Kunjam. Veteran tribal leader and former Union...
The case was lodged at Kabir Nagar police station of Raipur late Monday night based on the complaint of Awesh Tiwari, journalist in a news channel, according to city police.
Maoists have decried the police’s new rehabilitation campaign, Lon Varratu, alleging that those ‘surrendering’ are common villagers. Police says Naxals are misleading people.
The human rights panel has ruled that an FIR lodged in 2016 at Bastar caused the 13 activists, among them Delhi University professor Nandini Sundar, ‘mental harassment’.
Chhattisgarh has announced plans to construct Shiv and Ram temples in the Bastar and Sukma districts. It will also beautify the Kaushalya temple.
Chhattisgarh minister Tamradhwaj Sahu says state is India’s worst-hit by Naxalism, but Modi govt has cut police modernisation budget to Rs 20 cr in 2020-21 from Rs 56 cr 7 years ago.
Officials say cattle dung worth Rs 1,730 crore will be procured annually from gothans. This will then be used to produce vermicompost worth over Rs 2,300 crore.