State Correspondent for Chhattisgarh. Reports Maoism, Politics, Mining and important developments from the state. Covered all sorts of extremism in Central India. Reported from Madhya Pradesh for eight years.

Articles by Ritesh Mishra

Chhattisgarh police induct 9 transgender people in ‘Bastar Fighters’ special unit

Eight transgender people were recruited from Kanker district, while one was from Bastar, out of the total 608 selected candidates
Members from the transgender community after their recruitment into the Chhattisgarth police ‘Bastar Fighters’ special unit. (Sourced photo)
Updated on Aug 16, 2022 06:37 PM IST

With eye on 2023 Chhattisgarh assembly polls, BJP focusses on OBC leaders

A senior BJP leader said the party leadership wanted to develop a line of OBC leaders, which they have lacked so far
In Chhattisgarh, OBC’s account for around 45% of the over 2.5crore population (File image)
Updated on Aug 11, 2022 10:18 AM IST

Chhattisgarh: Minor kills parents as sacrifice to cure his mentally-ill brother

Raigarh superintendent of police Abhishek Meena said the bodies were recovered on August 1 in Nadigaon village, which comes under the Sariya police station limits.
The police arrested seven people from different parts of Jashpur, while one accused is on the run. (HT File/Representational image)
Updated on Aug 10, 2022 02:33 AM IST

‘Chhattisgarh Mahtari’ statue to be set up in all 33 district headquarters

Last month, the state government had decided to give prominent display to the portrait of ‘Chhattisgarh Mahtari’ at all government programmes organised across the state
‘Chhattisgarh Mahtari’, is a revered mother figure traditionally depicted wearing a green coloured saree and carrying paddy and sickle in her hands. (HT PHOTO.)
Published on Aug 06, 2022 04:54 PM IST

Chhattisgarh: Student dies, 36 others fall ill after drinking contaminated water

The incident came to light after the management of the Bhilai private hospital, where the students were admitted, informed district health officials
For representational purposes only. (HT File Photo)
Published on Aug 02, 2022 07:52 PM IST

Lured with Rs10, 13-year-old girl allegedly raped by 2 men several times

The Chhattisgarh Police arrested the two men on Sunday after the family of the girl found out about the rape and filed a first information report (FIR)
Police said the incident came to light on Saturday when a woman from the girl’s neighbourhood saw her coming out of Kunjram’s house. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Aug 02, 2022 04:11 PM IST

Chhattisgarh: Maoist with 5 lakh bounty gunned down in Sukma

The development just three days after another Maoist named Budh Ram Madkam, alias Mahangu Deva, with a reward of 5 lakh on his head was gunned down by the Dantewada police
Security personnel during an operation in Sukma. (ANI File Photo)
Published on Jul 29, 2022 02:49 PM IST

Chhattisgarh assembly passes resolution, says cancel coal block allocation

There are five coal blocks in Hasdeo Aranya area including Parsa, Parsa East Kete Basan (PEKB), PEKB Extension, Gidhmuri Paturia, Madanpur South and Chotia
Tribals and activists have been opposing coal mining in the Hasdeo Aranya forests, saying it will damage the biodiversity of the region
Published on Jul 27, 2022 11:28 AM IST

Maoist killed in encounter in Bastar’s Dantewada district

Dantewada SP Siddharth Tiwari said Budh Ram Madkam alias Mahangu Deva, who was killed in the encounter, was a member of Katekalyan Area Committee of CPI (Maoist)
5 lakh on his head. (HT File Photo)" alt="Dantewada SP Siddharth Tiwari said Budh Ram Madkam, who was killed in an encounter, was carrying a reward of 5 lakh on his head. (HT File Photo)" />
Dantewada SP Siddharth Tiwari said Budh Ram Madkam, who was killed in an encounter, was carrying a reward of 5 lakh on his head. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 26, 2022 11:47 AM IST

Chhattisgarh CM Baghel, Singh Deo to meet Cong high command amid turf war

Singh Deo, who is visiting the national capital, said he has sought time to meet the party top brass.
The rift in the ruling Congress in Chhattisgarh deepened on July 16 when TS Singh Deo resigned from the Panchayat and Rural development department, one of the five portfolios he held. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 23, 2022 11:56 PM IST
By, Raipur

Chhattisgarh: Baghel, Deo likely to meet Cong high command amid political tussle

Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel is likely to explain the political developments of the state after the resignation of minister TS Singh Deo to the Congress high command in Delhi
The tussle between Bhupesh Baghel and TS Singh Deo started in June last year over a reported power sharing agreement after the chief minister completed his two-and-a-half years in the office. (File Photos)
Published on Jul 23, 2022 05:10 PM IST

113 Chhattisgarh tribals back on road to freedom after 5 years behind bars

The acquittals have reopened a debate on how this case is emblematic of a larger problem; of arrests made in villages in and around encounter spots in the aftermath of such attacks that fall apart without sufficient evidence.
Tribals walk out of the Jagdalpur Central Jail. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 21, 2022 01:15 PM IST
ByRitesh Mishra and Vikas Tiwari

Chhattisgarh Cong MLAs demand ‘strict but respectful’ action against Singh Deo

The tussle between him and CM Bhupesh Baghel began in June last year over the reported power sharing agreement after the chief minister completed his two-and-a-half years in office
Chhattisgarh minister TS Singh Deo. (File Photo)
Published on Jul 18, 2022 01:16 PM IST

Tussle in Chhattisgarh Cong between TS Singh Deo and CM Bhupesh Baghel reignited

On Saturday, Singh Deo resigned from the panchayat and rural development department, one of the five portfolios held by him in the Baghel cabinet. However, he will retain the other four ministries, including health.
TS Singh Deo (left) and Bhupesh Baghel. (File Photo)
Published on Jul 17, 2022 12:06 AM IST

2017 Maoist attack: Charged under UAPA, 121 tribals acquitted in Chhattisgarh

On the evening of April 24, 2017, the 74th battalion of CRPF came under heavy firing from Maoists, barely 100 metres from Burkapal village, in which 25 personnel, including an inspector-rank officer, were killed.
All 121 accused in the 2017 Maoist attack in Sukma district, in which 25 Central Police Reserve Force (CRPF) personnel were killed, on Saturday walked free after they were acquitted by a Chhattisgarh court a day ago, officials said. (AFP)
Updated on Jul 17, 2022 05:00 AM IST
By, Raipur

Chhattisgarh court acquits 121 tribals in UAPA case after 5 years in jail

The accused were booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for allegedly assisting Maoists in the 2017 Burkapal attack, which killed 25 CRPF personnel.
An NIA court in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada said no evidence or statements recorded by the prosecution was able to establish that the accused were members of the Naxal wing and was involved in the crime. (Sourced)
Updated on Jul 16, 2022 08:36 PM IST

Chhattisgarh: Government to soon buy cattle urine at 4 per litre from farmers

The state government is already procuring cow dung from breeders and farmers in a push to make cattle rearing economically profitable
Officials said that a pilot project of the scheme will start in the next couple weeks. (File image)
Updated on Jul 15, 2022 01:56 PM IST

Chhattisgarh: Rains in Bastar throw life out of gear, 150 villages affected

Low-lying areas are inundated and road links between villages and cities suffered blockage at several places due to incessant rains in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region
The water level of Shabari and Godavari River has risen prompting the authorities to block National Highway-30, which connects Chhattisgarh to Telangana. (Representative Image)
Updated on Jul 13, 2022 06:53 PM IST

70-year-old murdered in Chhattisgarh for refusing to part with ‘magical’ stone

Police superintendent Vijay Agarwal said Babulal Yadav claimed to have the stone, which could turn any stone into gold and also search for buried gold
Police said they have arrested the 10 accused. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jul 13, 2022 09:56 AM IST

CRPF commando drowns in Chhattisgarh while trying to save colleague

Suraj R, the CRPF commando, was from Kerala’s Kollam and posted to Chhattisgarh’s Sukma a few days earlier
Published on Jul 11, 2022 03:55 PM IST

Chhattisgarh: Maoist carrying reward of 5 lakh killed in encounter with police

The encounter between the Maoist and police lasted for a few minutes after which the former was gunned down by the security personnel
The Maoist, Kamlesh was a member of Malenger Area Committee of Darbha Division of CPI (Maoist). (Representative image)
Updated on Jul 01, 2022 01:43 PM IST

I-T raids on premises linked to Chhattisgarh bureaucrat

The searches, which were being conducted by income tax officials requisitioned from outside Chhattisgarh, began at around 6am, people aware of the development said.
An officer of the Chhattisgarh Administrative Services (CAS), Chaurasia joined the chief minister’s office soon after Bhupesh Baghel took oath in December, 2018.
Updated on Jul 01, 2022 01:05 AM IST
By, Raipur

In Chhattisgarh encounter, police kill Maoist named in 18 cases of violence

Bastar range IGP Sunderaj P said the Maoist killed in the encounter was a member of Maoists’ Katekalyan Area Committee
The Chhattisgarh Police said the encounter took place at around 2:30pm on Thursday when the district reserve guard was on an anti-Maoist operation. (HT File Photo/Representative Image)
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 07:53 PM IST

Income Tax searches 7 places in Chhattisgarh, 2 linked to Bhupesh Baghel’s aide

Saumya Chaurasia, an officer of the Chhattisgarh Administrative Service, joined the chief minister’s office in December 2018, within days of Bhupesh Baghel taking charge as chief minister
Income tax officials carried out searches at seven locations in Chhattisgarh linked to influential businessman Surya Kant Tiwari and CMO deputy secretary Saumya Chaurasia (Sourced)
Published on Jun 30, 2022 02:16 PM IST

10 years later, Sarkeguda awaits justice, closure

On June 28, 2012, Kaka was in Sarkeguda, deep inside the jungles of Bijapur, one of India’s worst Maoist-hit districts.
Tribal body, Akhil Bhartiya Adivasi Mahasabha, took out a rally protesting against the Sarkeguda encounter demanding a CBI probe into it, in Bijapur district.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 28, 2022 11:27 AM IST
By, Raipur

Chhattisgarh boy, trapped in borewell for 110 hours, returns home from hospital

Rahul Sahu, 11, was rescued 110 hours after he fell in a 60 ft open borewell in Chhattisgarh’s Janjgir-Champa district
‘I am thankful for all those who saved my son,’ said Rahul Sahu’s father, Ramkumar Sahu. (Sourced)
Updated on Jun 25, 2022 04:05 PM IST

Probe ordered after Sukma couple left to fend for themselves after baby’s death

Sukma district collector Vinit Nandanwar ordered a probe into the entire episode on Tuesday to assess negligence by health staffers.
The couple said the ambulance turned back and left them at the Dornapal hospital after their baby died on the way
Updated on Jun 21, 2022 09:01 PM IST

Amid Agnipath row, AICC asks Chhattisgarh MLAs to join party protest in Delhi

On Monday, a delegation from the Congress party met President Ram Nath Kovind and demanded his intervention for the withdrawal of the new Agnipath scheme for recruiting soldiers, and also told him about the treatment meted out to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi by the Enforcement Directorate
The All India Congress Committee (AICC) has called all party MLAs of Chhattisgarh to national capital Delhi to join the ongoing protests against ED summons issued to Rahul Gandhi and the Centre’s Agnipath scheme for defence recruitment. (HTT PHOTO.)
Updated on Jun 21, 2022 01:53 PM IST

Baghel-led Cong govt to display ‘Chhattisgarh Mahtari’ portrait at state events

A senior functionary of the chief minister’s office said that directions have been issued in this regard, and the aim is to celebrate the regional identity of the state.
Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel on Saturday directed state officials to give a prominent display to the ‘Chhattisgarh Mahtari (mother)’ portrait at all government programmes.
Updated on Jun 19, 2022 08:35 AM IST
By, Raipur

From a pit in a Chhattisgarh village, story of the boy who lived

It is noon on Wednesday, and the sun is high over the village of Pihrid. Yet, most of its residents are still sleeping, exhausted, but relieved.
The rescue operation which was claimed to be the longest one in Chhattisgarh ended at 11.56 pm on Tuesday.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 16, 2022 05:11 PM IST
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