India: Naxal terrorists kill husband of village sarpanch in Chhattisgarh

Rajnandgaon, Jan 14 (PTI) A group of Naxals allegedly killed the husband of a village sarpanch on suspicion of being a police informer in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon district, police said on Thursday.

The incident took place on Wednesday night in Pardoni village under Manpur police station limits, a Naxal-affected area located around 170 km from the state capital Raipur.

India: Chhattisgarh health minister opposes use of Covaxin

Raipur, Jan 9 (PTI) Chhattisgarh Health Minister T S Singh Deo on Saturday said the use of COVID-19 vaccine `Covaxin' must not be allowed in the state as its third-phase trial data has not been published yet.

He said he was not "confident" about asking people to take this vaccine.

Covaxin, indigenously developed by Bharat Biotech, has got approval for emergency use alongwith Oxford -AstraZeneca Covishield vaccine.

"The third phase trial of Covaxin is under process.

India: Security forces engage in gunfight with Naxal terrorists in C'garh

Bijapur, Jan 5 (PTI) A gunfight broke out between the security forces and Naxals in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Bijapur district on Tuesday, following which a firearm, bows and arrows and some Maoist-related materials were recovered, police said.

No casualties were reported in the skirmish that took place around 6.30 am in Gangaloor police station area, inspector general of police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P said.

India: Naxal terrorist wanted for attacks on cops, killings held in C'garh

Bijapur, Jan 3 (PTI) A Naxal wanted for attacks on security forces was arrested from Bijapur in Chhattisgarh on Sunday, police said.

Somlu Kashyap (40) was held from a forest near Kokodipara village under Mirtoor police station limits during a search operation by the Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) and District Force, an official said.

India: Paddy procurement hit in C'garh as FCI not lifting stock

Raipur, Jan 2 (PTI) Purported delay in lifting of rice from Chhattisgarh by the Food Corporation of India (FCI) for the Central pool has been affecting procurement of paddy at the Minimum Support Price (MSP) at some centres in the Congress-ruled state, a senior official said on Saturday.

On Thursday, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over phone requesting to ensure that the Union food and public distribution department immediately issue a final order allowing the FCI to lift rice from the state.

India: Two women naxal terrorists killed in encounter in Chhattisgarh

Dantewada, Dec 28 (PTI) Two women naxals, collectively carrying cash rewards of Rs 7 lakh on their heads, were killed in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarhs Dantewada district on Monday, a police official said.

The gunfight took place at around 5:30 pm in a forest between Kalepal and Kakari villages under Kuakonda police station limits when a team of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) was out on an anti-naxal operation, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava told PTI.

India: BJP involved in horse-trading in West Bengal: Digvijaya

Durg, Dec 27 (PTI) Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Sunday alleged that the BJP was involved in "horse-trading" in the poll-bound West Bengal.

Slamming Singh, BJP's Rajya Sabha MP Saroj Pandey tweeted in Hindi:" When you (Singh) were Chief Minister (of Madhya Pradesh), then what were you buying in the hotel in Khajuraho in 1995 to topple the BJP government in Gujarat.

Why were you putting your black money as a 'charagah' (pasture)".

India: Eight held for rape of teenage girl in Chhattisgarh

Balrampur, Dec 7 (PTI) Eight people, including four minor boys, have been nabbed by police after a 15-year-old girl lodged an FIR of rape against them in Chhattisgarh's Balrampur district, a senior officer said on Monday.

They allegedly sexually assaulted the girl during the past 15 days in Gandhi Nagar area of the neighbouring Surguja district.

Four of the eight accused were arrested on Sunday while four minors were detained on Monday based on the complaint lodged at Rajpur police station in Balrampur district, the officer said.

India: Naxal terrorist killed in encounter in Bijapur district

Bijapur, Dec 4 (PTI) A Naxal was killed in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh's insurgency- hit Bijapur district on Friday, police said.

The skirmish took place around 12.30 pm in a forest under Gangaloor police station area, where joint teams of security forces were on an anti-Naxal operation, inspector general of police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P told PTI.

Personnel from the District Reserve Guard (DRG), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and its elite unit CoBRA were involved in the operation, he said.

India: 2 IEDs planted by Naxal terrorists unearthed in Dantewada

Raipur, Nov 29 (PTI) A day after a Naxal IED blast killed a CoBRA officer and injured nine commandos in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district, security forces uncovered two such devices planted by ultras in Dantewada on Sunday, an official said.

The IEDs, each weighing 5 kilograms, were unearthed from beneath a road between Dhanikarka and Surnaar villages under Kuakonda police station limits, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava told PTI.

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