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Chhattisgarh Timeline 2012



January 1

Two bombs of 40 kilograms each were recovered from Bastar region. Officials at Police headquarters said the bombs were placed on a forested road in Awapalli area of Bijapur District, 500 kilometres from State capital Raipur. The Police suspect that CPI-Maoist cadres placed the bombs to target a convoy of the Police and Paramilitary Forces which was expected to cross the road.

Nine more Districts came into existence in Chhattisgarh, taking the total number to 27, Chief Minister Raman Singh said. The new Districts, were carved out to speed up the pace of development, Singh said while talking to reporters in Raipur. The new Districts are Sukma, Kondagaon, Balod, Bemetara, Baloda Bazar, Gariaband, Mungeli, Surajpur and Balrampur. Sukma District has been carved out of Dantewada District and Kondagaon from Bastar District.

January 4

A Dantewada District court has granted bail to the Essar general manager, who is one of the accused in the alleged payouts of the protection money by the multinational to the CPI-Maoist in Chhattisgarh.

January 5

In a joint operation, four CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested by the CRPF and the State Police near Madhonar village in Narayanpur District.

January 12

Top CPI-Maoist leader Deepak Khalko was arrested by the Raipur Police from the forest areas in Jashpur District. The Police had received information that Khalko was in his Lokhandi house and a special team reached the place.

January 13

The CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze the heavy machinery engaged in construction of a road between Maraiagudem and Chintalnar, near Lingalapalli village in Dantewada District.

A suspected CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Pudiyami Mada, reportedly committed suicide at the Sukma Police Station in Sukma District (recently carved out from Dantewada District).

January 15

Four Policemen posted were suspended, after suspected Maoist cadre, Pudiyami Mada, reportedly committed suicide at the Sukma Police Station in Sukma District, officials at the Police headquarters in Raipur said.

January 16

Chief Minister Raman Singh said that providing all facilities to CPI-Maoist-infested Districts in the State and bringing back Maoists to the mainstream is on the topmost agenda of his Government. He was addressing a public gathering to mark the creation of Sukma District, carved out of Maoist-affected Dantewada.

January 26

Calling CPI-Maoist anti-national, Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt urged people on the occasion of Republic Day to help the authorities to crush them. "We have to stamp out anti-national Maoists to protect our glorious democracy," he said. The State Government is giving priority to increase morale of the SFs by increasing their strength, and recruiting local youths from tribal areas, he said. "On one hand the State is touching new highs in development, on the other the Maoists have made the life of forested residents worse," he said. CM Raman Singh hoisted the national flag at Jagdalpur, headquarters of the Bastar region.

January 27

One top CPI-Maoist leader, suspected to be the commander of Mahasamund-Bargarh division, was killed during an exchange of fire in Karramal and Paridhapali forest under Baramkela Police Station in Raigarh District. According to State DGP Anil M Navaney, after getting a tip-off that a group of 50 Maoists were holding a meeting with the local villagers in Karramal forest, a joint squad of Police Force and STF was sent to the location. After spotting the SFs, the Maoists opened fire and during the Police retaliation, one of the Maoists was gunned down, while other escaped from the spot, DGP Navaney said. "Among other things, an AK 47 was recovered from the deceased Maoist, who was in Maoist uniform. Besides, a diary, seized from him, has identified him as DVCM, Ajhade. However, we are yet to identify the body. But the recovery of AK 47 from him clearly indicates that he was a high-ranking Maoist leader", Navaney said. Apart from the AK 47 rifle, three magazines, two detonators, a tiffin bomb and other material was recovered from the location, he added.

January 29

One personnel of the newly-created CAAF was injured when he was attacked with sharp weapons by a group of CPI-Maoist cadres at his native village of Kondru under Jangla Police Station in Bijapur District. The CAAF has been established recently to absorb the SPOs - tribal youths recruited by the Chhattisgarh Police to fight Naxals - following a directive from the Supreme Court to disband SPOs.

The Police arrested a Maoist 'area commander', identified as Suresh, from the Pankhajur area. Suresh, a native of Bhairamgarh, was an active cadre of the outfit for several years. The Police have recovered self loading rifle from his possession.

January 30

CPI-Maoist cadres abducted the station master of Bhansi railway station in Dantewada District and released him unharmed after about an hour, an unnamed senior Police Officer said.

Seven cadres of the Bastar Divisional Committee of CPI-Maoist, including four women, surrendered before the IG Bastar range, TJ Longkumer and SP Rahul Bhagat in Kanker District. "The surrendered Maoists carry a cash reward of varying amounts from INR 5, 000 to INR 300, 000 cash. This is the first time that the members of the divisional committee have surrendered before the Police," Longkumer said. Among those surrendered include 'platoon commander' of the East Bastar Divisional Committee, Sunil Kumar Matlam alias Rajesh Kumar and his wife Jenni alias Jayanti Kutari, who is a 'commander' of the Maoist cultural division called Chetna Natya Mandali; Jan Militia 'commander' of Pratappur range Ramdas and his wife Panidobir, Koelibera 'deputy commander' Susheela, Sitapur Local Organising Squad 'commander' Jaylal and his wife Asmani alias Sanay, besides Samo Mandvi, cadre of the 'platoon number 25' being operational in the Raoghat area of Kanker.

January 31

The CPI-Maoist are planning to hold their crucial 10th congress in the Maoist-controlled Abujhmad, a 6,000-Square kilometres densely forested region extending from south Bastar in Chhattisgarh to Gadchiroli in Maharashtra, reports received by the State Police said in Raipur.

February 5

The CRPF is set to intensify its operations in the CPI-Maoist corridor with the creation of two new bases for the NTRO and helicopters in South Chhattisgarh, close to the Maoist hotbed of Dantewada District. CRPF, which has deployed more than 70,000 troops for anti-Naxal operations in various states, is now planning a large offensive in the dense forests of Abujhmad, a region extending from South Bastar (Dantewada) in Chhattisgarh to Gadchiroli in Maharashtra.

February 9

Two Policemen were killed in a landmine blast, allegedly carried out by the CPI-Maoist cadres, in Polampalli area in Sukma District, recently carved out of Dantewada District. The Policemen were returning to Dornapal in a Sumo which became the target of the blast. While Constable Surya Kartam (30) and Police driver Suryaprakash Sonvani were killed, two others Nanda Sinha and Rajaram were injured, when the Maoists fired on Police after the blast, and Police retaliated.

February 11

The ITBP recovered 60 kilograms of explosives from Rajnandgaon District. The explosives were recovered when an ITBP patrolling party deployed in the region to counter CPI-Maoist noticed a patch of asphalt in the middle of the Kohka-Manpur road varying in colour. "There were two IEDs hidden three feet below the road -- one weighing 20 kg stacked above another weighing 40 kg," ITBP's public relations officer, Deepak Pandey said. According to Pandey, it is for the first time that explosives have been found in the middle of a busy road and the Maoists may be starting a new dangerous trend.

February 17

A joint team of BSF, STF and Kanker District Police busted a bomb-making unit of the CPI-Maoist and seized around 300 kilograms of explosives and equipment used for assembling IEDs. The seized items included Ammonium Nitrate, TNT, a huge stock of detonators, Codex Wire measuring 200 meters, live cartridges, a large number of pipes, tiffins, besides other items used by the Naxals in making bombs.

February 25

The CPI-Maoist cadres killed two Home Guards of the Chhattisgarh Police at a "jan adalat" (people's court) in a forest pocket in Cherpal area under Bijapur District for defying their diktat.

The Maoists buried alive a sarpanch at Kosnar under Gangalur Police limits in Bijapur District for guiding a team of State Government officials to his village for enumeration of farmers.

About 150 cadres of the CPI-Maoist raided a stone-mine in Bastar region for explosives. However, when they could not find any explosive, they set ablaze eight stone crusher machines at Partha and Darbha areas of the region.

February 26

Maoists allegedly set ablaze seven vehicles used for construction of road in Sukma District, the Police said.

March 4-5

The Raipur and Kolkata Police raided the premises of two transporters in Raipur after getting inputs that they were involved in transporting goods for the CPI-Maoist. The SF personnel seized a huge quantity of materials reportedly meant for manufacturing rocket launchers and grenades. The preliminary investigation suggested that the materials seized had the use in making sophisticated weapons like rocket launchers and grenades, he added. The police recovered 75 wooden boxes containing bolts and pipes from the premises of Pal Transport company while small motors used for assembling parts were recovered from on Monday's raid.

March 7

Fourteen vehicles including four JCB machines belonging to Patil Construction Company engaged in road construction work in Chhattisgarh's Kanker District were set afire by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres who have also threatened to stop further work, Police said.

Three suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist were arrested by the CRPF personnel and the local Police in a joint operation in Keelam region in Narayanpur District. Police recovered tiffin bomb, bow and arrow, wires and a detonator from them.

March 14

At least three BSF troopers were killed and four others injured when suspected CPI-Maoist cadres blew up the vehicle they were travelling in Kanker District. The Maoists triggered the landmine explosion near Erikbuta village under Pakhanjur Police Station limits when the mini truck carrying the troopers of the 87th battalion of the BSF was passing.

March 18

A senior most CPI-Maoist leader Gundeti Shankar, popularly known as Seshanna and Maheshanna, died of a snake bite in Dantewada District. Shankar was believed to be taking shelter in the forest areas of Chhattisgarh on the borders of Telangana Districts of Andhra Pradesh. He was a member of NTSZC and was also appointed as the secretary of the Adilabad District committee.

March 19

The CPI-Maoist cadres opened indiscriminate fire in Bijapur District, killing Lachhuram Kashyap, a prominent Salwa Judum leader of Mirtur. The killing took place in the District when Kashyap was returning to his village from a Police Station.

Two CRPF troopers were injured during a joint operation of Chhattisgarh Police and CRPF in and around in Abujmaadh region in Bastar District for about two weeks, Chhattisgarh DGP Anil M Navaney said.

March 22

A CRPF head constable, Om Prakash, was killed by CPI-Maoist cadres at a weekly market in Sukma District. Head Constable Om Prakash, of the 150th Battalion deployed in Chintagufa, was surrounded by about half-a-dozen Maoists who snatched his AK-47 assault rifle and slit his throat.

March 24

The CPI-Maoist alleged atrocities by SFs on tribals during the last week's anti-Naxal operations in Abujhmad area, a densely forested area extending from south Bastar in Chhattisgarh to Gadchiroli in Maharashtra.

March 26

A CRPF trooper was killed and another injured in an encounter with the cadres of the CPI-Maoist in Sukma District.

March 27

Suspected CPI-Maoist abducted Palku Ram Mandavi (16), a student of Class 10, along with his classmate Lalu Tarasi, from their school in Orcha in Narayanpur District. The Maoists held Palku hostage accusing him of spying for the Police.

March 29

The Maoists released Lalu Tarasi, who was abducted along with his friend Palku Ram Mandavi on March 27 from Orcha in Narayanpur District.

March 31

Pakluram Mandavi (16), who was abducted by CPI-Maoist cadres on charges of acting as a Police informer, managed to flee from the Maoist captivity in Narayanpur District and reached safety after a night-long walk through the forest, the Police said.

April 1

An anti-Naxal operation, codenamed "Maad", "Kilam" and "Podku," was carried on in the Abujhmad forests, considered to be the CPI-Maoist headquarters, during March 5-20. IG (Operations) in Chhattisgarh, Pankaj Singh said that 33 Maoist cadres were arrested during the operation. The operation began on March 5 and continued till March 20.

Chief Minister Raman Singh, addressing a function in Raipur District said, there is an international conspiracy behind Maoist activities in India, and adds that the motive is to destabilise and weaken the country economically.

April 2

Several CPI-Maoist cadres were injured in an encounter with Paramilitary Forces in Bhanupratappur area in Kanker District. However, the Police source said no BSF personnel were injured in the attack.

April 5

Aadesh Pal, a STF trooper was killed in an exchange of fire with CPI-Maoist cadres in Gandharpada forest area in Sukma District. Police suspect that at least five Maoists were also killed in the encounter, however, have not recovered a single body of Maoists from the spot.

The CRPF has successfully used UAVs to pick up ground conversation and movement of Maoist cadres in terrains of Chhattisgarh.

April 9

The CPI-Maoist cadres abducted a tribal youth from his native Toropi village in Kanker District and shot him dead. The Maoists shot dead the youth on charges of spying for local Police.

A contingent of DF and the STF arrested four Maoists in Sukma District during a combing operation in a forest area.

April 11

Two women, T Koteswari (55), and her daughter Subba Rao (30), both construction labourers of Tekulaboru village in Kunavaram mandal in Khammam District of Andhra Pradesh, were reportedly killed in a CPI-Maoist-Police cross-fire near Timilwada under Chintaguppa Police Station limits in Sukma District.

Maoists reportedly blew up a bridge at a forested stretch between Amabeda and Ghanora in Kanker District, just before State Forest Minister Vikram Usendi's convoy was scheduled to go to Amabeda.

As many as 11 occupants of an ambulance, including six children among others, had a providential escape when cadres of the CPI-Maoist opened fire at the vehicle in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. The ambulance carrying the children was going from Chintaguppa to Dornapal village for urgent medical treatment.

April 14

The Rajnandgaon District Police arrested four persons, including a city-based arms dealer-cum-petty contractor, near Farhad chowk in Manpur for their alleged act of procuring arms and ammunitions for the CPI-Maoist.

April 16

Nearly a dozen persons were injured when around 60-70 CPI-Maoist cadres wreaked their vengeance on the Dorla tribe population of Maraiguda village in Sukma District, bordering Andhra Pradesh, by allegedly molesting women, assaulting elders, and setting ablaze houses for not handing over to them Haka Mara, a local sarpanch and Salwa Judum leader.

April 20

Three persons, including two BJP local leaders, were killed when CPI-Maoist cadres triggered a powerful landmine blast on the convoy of BJP MLA Mahesh Gagda in Bijapur District.

April 21

The cadres of CPI-Maoist abducted the collector of Sukma District in Chhattisgarh before killing two of his bodyguards. The collector, Alex Paul Menon, was meeting a group of villagers for a Government outreach programme. It is suspected that the rebels have taken the collector deep inside the forests of Kerlapal (Dantewada District), some of which are suspected to be heavily mined by the CPI-Maoist.

April 22

The South Bastar Divisional Committee of the CPI-Maoist released an audio tape, demanding the release of their eight top Maoists: Markam Gopanna alias Satyam Reddy, Nirmal Akka alias Vijay Laxmi, Devpal Chandrashekhar Reddy, Shantipriya Reddy, Meena Choudhari, Korsa Sunny, Markam Sunny and Asit Kumar Sen within 72 hours to secure the release of Alex Menon, District Magistrate of Sukma District.

April 23

An all-party meeting held in Raipur to discuss proposals to secure the release of abducted Sukma District Magistrate, Alex P. Menon, concluded with the Chhattisgarh Government calling off SF operations in Bastar and agreeing to negotiate with the CPI-Maoist.

Maoists named three mediators - Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan, former National SC/ST Commission chairperson B D Sharma and President of All India Adivasi Mahasabha Manish Kunjam - for negotiations.

April 24

Abducted Sukma District collector Alex Paul Menon is "safe" but being an asthma patient, he needs medicines, the CPI-Maoist cadres said and proposed the name of human rights activist and academic Professor Hargopal as another mediator for talks with the Chhattisgarh Government.

April 28

A three-member CPI-Maoist group led by 'South Bastar Regional Committee secretary' Ramana, alias Ravulu Srinivas, reportedly held talks with their two interlocutors in Tadmetla forest, in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada District to decide the fate of Sukma District collector Alex Paul Menon, in Naxal captivity.

April 29

Cadres of the Palle Madi dalam of the Maoists shot dead a villager in Rajnandgaon District.

April 30

The Chhattisgarh Government and interlocutors for the CPI-Maoist came to an agreement to constitute a high-power official committee to examine the cases of all prisoners (with a focus on tribals) in the State and to expedite the release the abducted Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon.

The CPI-Maoist cadres killed three villagers whom they had abducted a week back from Tadkoli village in Bijapur District. The Maoists accused them of being Salwa Judum members.

Around 12 armed Maoists set ablaze four vehicles under Khandgaon Police Station in Rajnandgaon District. The Maoists set ablaze one JCB Machine, one Faber Machine, one water tanker and one tractor working under the Pradhan Mantri Sadak Yojana by the RK Construction. The Maoists left pamphlets to oppose the Government and appealed the people to observe May Day [May 1].

May 2

Two Policemen were killed and four others injured when a group of CPI -Maoist cadres opened indiscriminate firing on a Police team patrolling the weekly market in Bacheli area in Dantewada District.

May 3

12-day hostage crisis ended after CPI-Maoist released Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon. The Maoists handed him over to their interlocutors G. Haragopal and B.D. Sarma deep inside Bastar forests.

As per the agreement, the Government set up a high-power standing committee to 'regularly review all cases of undertrials. These include Maoist-related cases too.

A bail petition was moved in a Raipur court for the release of Maoist leaders Santipriya Reddy, wife of Gudsa Usendi, a member of the Dandakaranya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC) and Malati Chowdary. These two were among the eight whose release was demanded by the Maoists in exchange for the abducted Collector.

May 4

Two CPI-Maoist mediators virtually contested Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh's denial of any swap deal with Maoists to secure Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon's release from Maoist custody, saying that "there was an understanding to release 3 Maoists" in exchange of Menon's freedom.

A Chhattisgarh court rejected the bail application of two women cadres of the CPI-Maoist who the Maoists wanted to be released in exchange for Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon. Rejecting the bail pleas of Meena Choudhary and Malti alias Shantipriya Reddy, Additional Sessions Judge B P Varma said since their crime appears to be serious in nature, they could not be granted bail. Their lawyer, however, said that they would now move the high court.

May 13

Six CISF troopers and a civilian driver were killed near the NMDC iron ore mine at Kirandul town in Dantewada District when Maoists attacked their vehicle. The Maoists decamped with five INSAS rifles and a Kalashnikov.

A contractor, identified as Suklal Sarkar, was injured when suspected Maoists shot at him in Pankhajur area in Kanker District.

Tunesh Lakda, a CPI-Maoist 'sub-zonal commander', carrying a reward of INR 25,000 on his head, was arrested by Police from Chandan Nagar village in Balrampur District.

May 14

Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Dilip Kumar Sinha, posted at Bande Police Station, was shot dead by Maoists in Kanker District.

Sukma District BJP Secretary, Mochaki Joga, was abducted when he was returning home by a private bus in the evening.

In another incident in Dornapal area in the same District, Maoists abducted Mochaki Kacche, a trader.

May 16

Maoists killed two villagers in Bijapur District suspecting them to be Police informers.

Six Policemen were injured, two of them critically, in an encounter with the Maoists at Chindgarh in Sukma District. The Maoists detonated couple of landmine blasts and opened fire on the force which was on a search operation.

Normal life was affected in interior parts of Bastar region due to the Bharat bandh call given by the Maoists.

May 17

Ratanlal Netam (25), a Policeman standing guard at the house of Chhattisgarh Women and Child Welfare Minister Lata Usendi house in Sargipalpara in the District headquarters town of Kondagaon, was killed when two motorcycle-borne Maoists fired at him from close range. The Maoists then snatched the INSAS rifle and sped away.

May 22

A constable, Dhan Singh Thakur, was killed on the spot and his colleague, Hemla Dhasru, sustained serious injuries as a "pressure bomb", planted by the CPI-Maoist cadres went off near the helipad in Bijapur District headquarters.

Demanding 32 per cent reservation for tribals in Government jobs and unemployment allowance, Maoists appealed to youths to boycott the Army recruitment rally to be held in Kanker District from May 28 to June 2. In an SMS to The Indian Express, Uday, secretary of North Regional Committee of the CPI-Maoist said: "CPI (Maoist) calls upon all unemployed youths of Bastar and Chhattisgarh to boycott the Army recruitment rally. I also appeal the youths not to join the police, the paramilitary forces and the military."

May 25

Police busted a CPI-Maoist hideout under Manpur tehsil in Rajnandgaon District and seized a cache of illegal arms including crude rockets, capable of launching high-intensity attacks. The Police also recovered several guns, bullets, cell phones and 14 calling cards of various networks.

June 2

Two hardcore women CPI-Maoist cadres were killed by SFs in a shootout in Dhamtari District. The Maoists are yet to be identified by the SFs.

A Policeman was killed and his five colleagues were injured, along with 19 prisoners, when a blast triggered by the Maoists ripped through their vehicle on a bridge on National Highway No.30 near Joba village in Kondagaon District. The victims were returning after a court appearance at Kondagaon when the Maoists targeted the vehicle in which they were travelling.

June 3

In reaction to the "protest week" called by the Maoists, the Chhattisgarh Government set up special investigation teams of the Police to keep vigil on top Maoist leaders. Official sources said that the State Government has tightened security throughout the 'Red Corridor' and put the Paramilitary Forces deployed in the interior areas of Bastar region on maximum alert. The Maoists' protest week began on June 1 against Operation Green Hunt, the deployment of the army and allocation of iron ore mines to business houses.

Elsewhere in the zone, the Maoists obstructed vehicular traffic by digging up roads or blocking them with felled trees. In the interior areas, they distributed pamphlets asking tribals to protest against "deployment of army in Bastar in the name of training them in jungle warfare". Due to the protests, vehicular traffic remained completely off the road.

An encounter was reported between CISF personnel and suspected Maoists near the National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) mines in Kirandul town of Dantewada District in the night. Officials said no one was injured in the incident and that they managed to abort a possible strike attempt by the Maoists who were all dressed in "black uniforms".

June 5

Maoists killed Chika Mazi, a Salwa Judum (an anti-Maoist vigilante group) leader, outside his house at Gangapur village in Bijapur District. Mazi was taking a walk outside his house located near a crowded market when some armed Maoists fired at him, killing him on the spot, Additional Superintendent of Police BPS Rajbhanu said. "Mazi had actively participated in Salwa Judum movement in Naxal stronghold of Bastar and had built a good rapport with the villagers," Rajbhanu said.

Maoists are observing a "protest week" to stop training given to Army in the Bastar region, and have also announced a bandh (shutdown strike) in Dandkaranya region on June 7. The Maoists felled trees and dug up roads as part of their ongoing protests in Dantewada District, the Police said.

Maoists "expressed regret" over the recent attack on a vehicle carrying prisoners, saying it was an "intelligence failure". They also apologised to the families of those injured and assured to "set up an inquiry and take necessary action". Earlier, it was reported that six Policemen and 19 prisoners were injured when Maoists blew up their vehicle near Joba village in Kondagaon District of Chhattisgarh on June 2.

June 6

CPI-Maoist cadres fired on a CRPF base in Kosnar forest, triggering an exchange of fire with the Security Force personnel in Narayanpur District. However, no causalities were reported.

June 8

The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a labourer, identified as Ramesh Markam of Masuri village, while he was erecting the boundary of a CRPF camp at Golaband post in Kondagaon District. The Maoists mistook him as a Policeman.

The Maoists triggered a powerful blast on a key highway between Ramaram village and Borguda, six kilometres from Sukma District headquarters. The explosion took place just a few hours ahead of the weekly market held at Ramaram, the Police said. No loss of life or property was reported in the incident.

In Konta block of the District, the Maoists pasted pamphlets on the house adjacent to the house of Maraiguda sarpanch, Hapsa Masa, threatening to kill the village heads of the areas, who were earlier leaders of Salwa Judum (an anti-Maoist vigilante group). The Maoists also put up a banner on Narayanpur-Antagarh road, near Raoghat, demanding that the SFs be sent back to their barracks. They also demanded jobs for the unemployed.

June 10

One CPI-Maoist cadre was killed in an encounter with the BSF at Pamulbaya in Bijapur District. The encounter started as group of armed Maoists opened fire targeting the BSF camp at Pamulbaya in the morning. The BSF troopers later recovered body of a Maoist in uniform at the encounter site. The Police officer said Maoists also opened fire on other BSF camps at Cherpal, Gangalur, Reddy and Kendulnar in the District during the day. But the SFs in the camps successfully repulsed the attacks.

SF personnel recovered substantial quantities of arms and ammunition following an encounter with the Maoists at Mohala village in Rajnandgaon District. The recoveries included two rifles, wireless set, detonator, blasting cable, equipment required to manufacture tiffin bombs, naxal outfits, four tents, utensils, ration and Naxal literature. However, the Maoists managed to escape.

A group of armed CPI-Maoist cadres allegedly blew up portion of a railway track on Kirandul-Visakhapatnam section near Bhansi railway station in Dantewada District, affecting the transportation of iron ore from the mines in Chhattisgarh. According to Police, the Maoists held the rail staff captive and then damaged a railway engine parked at the Station and later on blew up a portion of the track.

The CPI-Maoist has claimed that hi-tech preparations were being made by the Government and the Army in tribal Bastar region in Chhattisgarh to suppress the revolutionary movement. In a 17-page detailed paper, highlighting various issues pertaining to the "Peoples' movement" in Dandakaranya region in general and tribal Bastar region in particular, the Maoists said UAVs or drones manufactured in US and Israel are also being used on a vast scale in the region.

June 11

Two CPI-Maoist cadres, including a woman, were arrested from two different areas in Raipur District, with arms and ammunition including nearly 300 live cartridges. The Maoists, identified as Anjali Chauhan (35) and Mujeeb (45), were arrested after a tip off that arms were being brought to the city from Bastar region, Raipur Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Deepanshu Kabra said. An AK-47, a SLR and 270 cartridges were seized from the duo, SSP Kabra said. While Mujeeb was arrested from Ravanbhata area under Tikarapara Police limits, Anjali was arrested from Sarona railway station. Also, some Maoist literature and letters detailing the arms exchange, was recovered from them. Both Maoists are members of the DKSZC, Kabra added.

June 13

Three Maoists were arrested from Badeshetty village in Sukma District. "Kalmu Sanna, Ravan Sanna and Kalmu Bundi are wanted in many cases of murder, attempt to murder. Their names also cropped up during the investigations in connection with the recent encounter between police and the ultras under Gadiras police station limits," Sukma Superintendent of Police Abhishek Shandilya said.

June 14

The Chhattisgarh Police arrested an alleged Maoist and a journalist and seized 160 rounds of SLR rifle and pistol in Raipur District. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Deepanshu Kabra said that a Maoist identified as Bablu was arrested and ammunition along with a pistol was recovered from him. Besides, a journalist identified as Sheikh Anwar who had allegedly procured weapons and ammunition for the Maoists was also arrested. Kabra said that Anwar works as a journalist in the Maoist-affected Kota area. He along with one Ishaq Khan from Andhra Pradesh had procured the rounds either from Police or the Paramilitary Forces for supply to the Maoists and Police are on the lookout for Ishaq, the SSP said.

Speaking to reporters after the government decided to bring 22 more Districts under the ambit of worth Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF) and expanded the coverage of IAP from 78 Districts to 82 Districts on June 14 but kept out Sukma District of Chhattisgarh, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said, "Naxal situation in Sukma is worst than any other districts in the country. Worst-hit districts like Sukma should be urgently brought under the IAP or the BRGF category."

June 15

A CPI-Maoist camp was busted and a cache of ammunition and explosive material recovered from the forests of Katulbharora in Rajnandgaon District. Beside ammunition and explosive SFs seized some school uniforms.

June 23

The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a civilian in Sukma District. Local Police say that roughly 20 Maoists stormed into the house of Marvijoga, a tribal in Arlampalli village and took him away in a nearby forested area where they beat him to death on charges of spying for Police and revealing vital information about activities of local Maoists.

Maoists hacked to death a newly recruited Police constable in Manpur area in Rajnandgaon District in western parts of the State, Police said.

The Police arrested five Maoists in the Bastar region, including two hardcore Maoists carrying cash reward of INR 25,000 each on their heads. According to the report, of the five arrested Maoists, three Maoists whose identity is yet to be ascertained were in charge of the city network and were arrested following a precise tip off from separate location. The other two Maoists, allegedly involved in killing of Tansen Kashyap, brother of Tribal Welfare Minister Kedar Kashyap, were identified as Dasharam and Janglu Korram.

June 25

Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh said that there was no move to release any of the hard-core CPI-Maoist cadre, involved in any serious crimes such as murder, through the high-powered committee reviewing the cases of all under-trials languishing in prisons of the State.

June 28

The Chhattisgarh Police and the CRPF claimed to have killed 20 Maoists in two separate incidents in Bijapur and Sukma Districts in the night. The bodies of 17 men and a woman were recovered after the encounter in Kotaguda panchayat (village level local self-government institution) in Bijapur District, while the bodies of two men were found after a fire-fight near Jagargunda in Sukma District. "One body was in military green dungarees, the rest were in civilian clothes," said Bijapur's Superintendent of Police, Prashant Agarwal, adding the several improvised explosive devices, 303 rifles and muzzle-loading shotguns were retrieved from the encounter site. "We received specific information that senior Maoist cadres were going to hold a big meeting in the dense forests between Chintalnar, Jagargunda and Basaguda," said Agarwal, "Our teams were sent to the spot, where they were fired upon by the Maoist Jan militia members. Six troopers were injured and fired back in retaliation."

Among the Maoists killed in Bijapur District are 'platoon commander' Irpa Samlu and two members of the outfit's guerrilla army PLGA - Markam Suresh, wanted in a jail break in Dantewada and Kose Bija, claimed a CRPF officer in Delhi. Further, according to Ajay Yadav, acting Police chief of Sukma District, the two Maoists who were killed in the District have been identified as 'platoon commander' Sodi Dulla and Markam Lachha, a member of their armed squad.

There was a third encounter near Irpanar village close to Abujmaad in Narayanpur District. However, there no was casualty.

July 1

Answering a question as to why Saranda or Sarju in Jharkhand were picked up for accelerated developmental action plan, while the Bastar region in Chhattisgarh, especially the southern part of the state where the forests extend to Maharashtra, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh and is more under-developed and has been serving a fertile ground to the Maoist movement, was not, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said he was aware of the remoteness and underdevelopment of the region but no government schemes could be floated in the region because of robust presence of the Maoists and lack of administrative approach. "Abujhmaad is a liberated zone where governments have not been able to reach. It is not possible for our ministry to carry out any development programme there," he said.

July 2

At least four villagers who were killed and one of those injured in the anti- CPI-Maoist operations in the June 28 in Chhattisgarh had Police records of being involved in Maoist activities, Security agencies claimed. The five men with Maoist records had cases registered against them under the Arms Act besides some other sections of Criminal Procedure Code, according to information received from Chhattisgarh Police. Marakkam Suresh, Madavi Aayutu, Marakkam Nagesh, Korsa Bije and Marakkam Soma are said to have Police records. All except Soma, who is injured, were killed in the encounter. Marakkam Suresh was also accused in the famous 2007 jailbreak incident at Dantewada, in which nearly 300 prisoners had escaped, according to police records.

July 3

Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres killed a 25-year-old trainee Police constable in a crowded market place at Bhansi town in Dantewada District. Jaikumar Mandavi was shot in the back by suspected Maoists, dressed as locals, in the village when he was returning home after buying grocery with his father.

Contractors are too scared to bid for road development projects in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. Road Transport secretary AK Upadhyay said: "There are issues in Bastar region. Despite our best efforts, the State Government is unable to award projects of 800 kilometres in the region. We have decided to go to the ground level, interact with District-level officers and sort out the issue. The main problem is that contractors are not coming forward to bid for these projects. We will see if we can break up the bigger projects and engage local contractors to complete these missing links." The Road Transport secretary and Director-General (roads) would go to Jagdalpur, the District headquarters of Bastar region, this month to address these issues.

Security agencies claimed that two more people killed in June 28 encounter in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh were confirmed cadres of the CPI-Maoist, ascertaining the presence of at least seven Maoists among the 19 alleged Maoists and their sympathisers who were killed. But unlike the other five Maoists - four died, one is injured - who have previous Police records of having indulged in Maoist activities, the Police have not been able to find any prior case against these two so far. The duo, Sodi Dulla (24), and Marakkam Lacha, whose age could not be ascertained, were killed near the Chintalnar area, in an encounter with one of the three teams of security forces out on an operation that night.

July 4

The Maoists shot at a Policeman and his son, injuring both critically, in Bastar District. Assistant Sub-inspector of Police (ASI) Prakash Shukla (52) and his son Punit (21) were riding a motorbike to Mardum when they were attacked.

Police discovered a 15-kilogram tiffin bomb suspected to be planted by the Maoists along the roadside between Badhgaon Police Station and Metagaon area in Kanker District.

SFs are likely to evolve Standard Operating Procedures soon for carrying out operations against Maoists if civilians are spotted in between to avoid "collateral" damage. The issue was discussed threadbare at a high-level meeting Union Home Secretary RK Singh had with top brass of the CRPF, days after SFs were accused of killing civilians along with Maoists during the operation in Bijapur District on June 28.

July 5

The CRPF engaged in an encounter with suspected CPI-Maoist cadres at the same spot in Sarkeguda village where 20 people were killed on June 28. Around 100 CRPF personnel who were on patrolling duty ahead of the day-long bandh called by the Maoists in the area to protest against the killings, engaged in the gunbattle.

The Chhattisgarh Government decided to order a judicial inquiry into the alleged Maoist encounter in which 20 people were killed at two places in Bijapur and Sukma Districts on June 28. A magisterial inquiry - a mandatory requirement whenever an encounter takes place - is already on.

Officials in the Union Home Ministry, said the nine Maoist-affected state Governments and all central para-military forces had been called for a meeting in Delhi on July 13 specifically to discuss the issue of 'human shields' Maoists use against the Security Forces. The forces have been asked to make an assessment of the cost and feasibility of providing sophisticated night-vision devices to the personnel to enable them to see better in the darkness.

July 6

SFs said they had recovered an operational Global Positioning System (GPS), advanced direction-finder devices, from a CPI-Maoist hideout in the forest of Barnara and Khursipar in Rajnandgaon District during a raid in previous week. The other recoveries included 10 memory cards, two pen drives (each of 4GB and 2GB storage space), a BSNL SIM card, medicine packets, printers, scanners, fax machines and few 12-volt photo voltaic cells.

The CPI-Maoist cadres have banished six families from their village in Bijapur District after finding them guilty of having one member each in the Police force. The Maoists branded 47 members of the families in Kantulnar village as Police informers at a "jan adalat" [a kangaroo court] and passed their verdict.

July 11

Amidst criticism that some innocent villagers were killed in the June 28 encounter in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister Raman Singh said there was "no alternative" to a "strong and firm response" to Maoist violence. Raman Singh, in an emailed interview with The Indian Express, said the absence of previous record in police registers cannot automatically lead to the inference that those who died were "innocent".

July 17

NIA and Central intelligence agencies have information that Naxals have set up weapons testing laboratories in the Abujmaad forests of Chhattisgarh. "We did get some leads during Techie Anna's [RK] interrogation but then more intelligence was developed following which we got concrete information that Naxals were developing dangerous weapons through R&D at these laboratories.

July 18

A CPI-Maoist couple, identified as Sonu Netam (21) and Kamla Markam (19), who had decamped with weapons from a Police Station in Dhamtari District, were shot dead near Chameda in a Police encounter. One INSAS rifle, 3 SLRs and some cartridges were recovered from the spot.

The CPI-Maoist has issued a warning to Policemen - "Quit or face the bullet," - in Chhattisgarh threatening that the ''entire village will be targeted if the Police personnel or their relatives continued to reside there''. The threat comes days after the controversial killing of 19 people in an encounter with security forces in the Maoist-affected State.

August 1

The Chhattisgarh Government has finally pushed ahead with its stalled peace agreement with CPI-Maoist reached after the abduction of collector Alex Paul Menon, clearing the way for the release of suspected Maoists from jails, a top official said. "As per the directive of the state government, the district administration will not oppose the bail application of the suspected Maoists incarcerated in Raipur Central Jail," Raipur Collector Pardeshi Siddharth Komal said.

A constable was hacked to death in a weekly market in Orchha in Narayanpur District.

August 3

A CPI-Maoist cadre was killed in an exchange of fire with Para-military troopers assisted by Chhattisgarh Police in Edanar forest at Tadoki area in Kanker District. The Police arrested two Maoist cadres and recovered live bombs, arms, detonators and wires from the encounter site. Also reported that the Police destroyed the temporary Maoist camp set up there.

August 5

Three months after they abducted and released Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon, the CPI-Maoist cadres in Chhattisgarh have accused their own mediators of deceiving them by not ensuring the release of their jailed cadres in exchange. "The mediators deceived us. They did not tell us anything about the agreement and the committee. They told us the government has assured them that some of our men will be released, so release the collector. But nothing happened," Keralapal Area Committee Secretary of CPI-Maoist, Madkam Bhima alias Akash said. Akash led the abduction of Menon on April 21. However, the mediators - B D Sharma and Prof G Haragopal - refuted Akash's allegations. "Now I don't remember exactly. Everything was well-settled then, I do not know from where these things are emerging," Sharma said.

August 6

Maoists blew up a Mine Protected Vehicle killing a CRPF trooper and injuring five others in Dantewada District. The blast that injured four CRPF and one State Police personnel occurred when 80-personnel strong contingent of SFs were out on patrol at a place under Aranpur Police Station of the District.

August 7

Two CRPF commandos were killed in a landmine blast carried out by the CPI-Maoist cadres near Sarkeguda in Bijapur District. The commandos, identified as constable KP Singh and Mukul Burman, were carrying rations for a CRPF camp nearby when the vehicle (a TATA 407) in which they were travelling was blown up.

Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh urged the CPI-Maoist to shun violence and come to the negotiation table. "We have not stopped the process of dialogue with Naxals. It should go forward. Because the issue can be resolved only through dialogue and not by getting involved in arms race," he told reporters during an interactive session organised by the Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini in Mumbai. Singh said he is ready for talks with the Maoists at any forum.

August 8

Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State of Home Affairs, in a written reply informed Rajya Sabha that at present, 105 companies of CRPF, 36 companies of BSF, 15 companies of ITBP and 50 Teams of CoBRA in Chhattisgarh and 96 companies of CRPF and 36 Teams of CoBRA in Jharkhand have been deployed for anti-naxal operations.

August 12

Narayanpur District Superintendent of Police Mayank Srivastava issued orders prohibiting carrying of weapons by people especially 'tangia' (axe) in public places after a constable was hacked to death by Maoists in the 'haat' (market), official sources said.

August 14

The CPI-Maoist cadres killed a primary school teacher identified as Rahman Singh Dhrub (42) at Jholaraw forest under Sobha Police Station in Gariabandh District, allegedly for being a Police informer. Local sources said Dhrub serving as a teacher in Gorgaon primary school in the District, was abducted by a group of armed Maoists from his home on August 7 for allowing SFs to spend a night in his school last month.

August 15

Speaking on Independence Day CM Raman Singh expressed hope that Chhattisgarh will soon overcome the Maoist problem. He sought the support of the people in forested areas to isolate the Maoist insurgents.

August 20

A woman CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Ramdai, surrendered before Police in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. Ramdai had joined the Maoists three years ago and was working with platoon no. 17 across the District. She was involved in several incidents of violence including a recent encounter with SFs.

August 22

Preliminary findings of a Police probe into the incident June 28-29 encounter at Sarkeguda village in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh have revealed that 12 civilians, including two minors, and five Maoists were killed in the encounter.

August 23

Chhotu Padha, a self-styled 'platoon commander' and his wife Karuna Usendi, a deputy section commander of a dalam surrendered before the Police in Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh. The Maoist couples were actively involved in 2009 Markegaon, Hatti Gota and Laheri encounters and blasts which had claimed the lives of as many as 48 Policemen.

August 24

The SF personnel killed two CPI-Maoist cadres and arrested four woman Maoists during a joint operation of District Police and 39 Battalion of CRPF in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. SFs recovered the bodies of the two slain Maoists, 'Bharmar' guns, ammunition and Maoist literature from the site. No casualty or injury was reported among the SF personnel.

Dozens of technical and explosives 'experts' among the CPI-Maoist ranks have sneaked into Bastar region of Chhattisgarh from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh with a view to step up attacks against the police and paramilitary. Bastar IG TJ Longkumer said, "Security forces have been put on high alert in view of the Central investigative agencies inputs. Andhra Pradesh-based top Maoists are now sneaking into Bijapur district with a purpose to carry out attacks on police and paramilitary forces."

August 28

A joint team of District Police and CRPF destroyed a CPI-Maoist hideout located in the dense forest of Mardakalan in Gariaband District of Chhattisgarh after an encounter and recovered arms and ammunition. CRPF claimed that at least three insurgents were grievously injured in the encounter.

August 29

Markam Somaru, secretary of Gollapalli Gram Panchayat, was killed and four others were injured when Maoists attacked the jeep in which the Gram Panchayat secretary was travelling, along with four others in Sukma District under Konta Police Station limits. Meanwhile, sources said the attack was a case of mistaken identity. They said the Maoists thought that the jeep was carrying Security Forces.

Police sources said a large number of technical and explosive experts among the CPI-Maoist in Andhra Pradesh have entered Chhattisgarh with a plan to attack the Security Forces (SFs).

September 10

CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze seven vehicles engaged in road construction work in Temri village under Gatapar Police Station area in Rajnandgaon District. The vehicles, including a tractor, a tipper truck and a JCB machine, had been parked at the construction site where no work was taking place due to heavy rains.

September 17

The Chhattisgarh Government has decided to employ five-to-eight-feet-high robots to detect and defuse explosive devices, to minimise the loss of lives of SF personnel in the CPI-Maoist stronghold of Bastar. The device has been developed by the DRDO.

September 19

CPI-Maoist cadres opened indiscriminate fire at a helipad in remote Gorkha village in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh, killing CRPF constable Mahadev Minj and injuring two others, head constable Praveen Kumar and constable V Suresh.

September 20

In a major joint operation, SFs destroyed an arms manufacturing unit of the CPI-Maoist and seized huge quantity of explosives from a forest area near Neelamdagu at Pharsegarh in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. About 100 kilograms of explosives, 150 detonators, and materials to be used for manufacturing of country made weapons, China torch, 300 metres of wires, 12 bore and muzzle loaded guns and Maoist literature were seized during the raids.

September 21

The Bijapur Police arrested Maoist 'military platoon commander' Markami Devi alias Lucky (27) from Cherla village in Khammam District of Andhra Pradesh while a joint team of the District Police and STF arrested Mitku Ram, a hardcore Maoist in Kondagaon District. Markami Devi is wanted in a dozen cases of heinous crimes and five standing warrants are pending against her and Police had also announced INR 10,000 reward for her arrest. Mitku Ram, a resident of Mungwal village, under Bayanar Police Station carried a reward of INR 5,000 on his head and five permanent warrants were issued against him.

September 24

An alleged CPI-Maoist cadre was killed in an encounter with the Police in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. The encounter took place when District Police and STF came under fire during an anti-Naxal operation in the forest near Enmeta village in the District. The killed Maoist is yet to be identified.

Paramilitary troopers and Police housed in at least 36 schools and hostels would be shifted out to solve the problems being faced by students in the insurgency-hit Bastar division of Chhattisgarh, an official said.

September 25

CPI-Maoist cadres shot and injured a Police constable, identified as Pritam Singh Rajput, at a bus stand in Sukma town in Sukma District.

September 26

Maoists have issued a diktat asking the tribal Policemen serving in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Bastar region to pay one third of their salary or quit their job, Police sources said.

Madkami Devi, 'commander' of platoon number eight of CPI-Maoist, active in Pamed, Basaguda and Usur areas in Bijapur District, who was arrested on September 21, at Cherla in Andhra Pradesh's Khammam District has revealed that the Maoists have started engaging children aged 12-16 years in combat action with SFs.

September 27

Maoist cadre, identified Pander Rachla, as was arrested from a jungle near Bajrangi village in Kanker District and a tiffin bomb was seized from him. "During interrogation, Rachla said Naxals had planned to plant the tiffin bomb in a police station and he had gone to recce the area when the police team nabbed him," said Police.

Six CPI-Maoist cadres were arrested in a joint operation by the Police and CRPF near Modakpal weekly market in Bijapur District of Chattisgarh. The arrestees are identified as Erma Bhima (19), Kudium Sudru (18), Satyam (25), Hemla Rahu (24), Telam Badru (25) and one minor.

September 29

Two Policemen were injured when heavily-armed CPI-Maoist cadres opened fire on the CAF camp located at Timmalwada village under Chintangufa Police Station in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh.

The battle against CPI-Maoist is being won "slowly but steadily", with SFs having gained control over more than 5,000 sq km area in the last two years, the outgoing chief of the CRPF K Vijay Kumar said. However, another 6,000 square km of area, mostly in south Chhattisgarh and adjoining areas of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, continue to remain almost completely out of bounds for the SFs.

October 2

A woman CPI-Maoist cadre was killed by SFs during a gunfight at Outapalli village under Basaguda Police Station in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh.

The Maoists fired a rocket launcher at Gollapalli Police Station in Sukma District, which missed the target and failed to explode. Sukma SP Abhishek Shandilya said since the rocket launcher missed the target, there were no damage as well as casualties in the incident.

The Chhattisgarh Police raided a CPI-Maoist hideout in the forests of Keejing hills and seized huge quantity of explosives, an EVM, bombs and other materials used for laying landmines in Kondagaon District. The SF personnel also recovered 20 pipe bombs, Chinese and Indian made grenades, booby traps, 50 liters of petrol, wires, batteries, explosives and medicines along with school uniforms and huge quantity of Maoist literature from the hideout. The recovered items also included four rocket launchers, two pressure bombs and four packets of hand grenades.

October 3

A senior Maoist leader and a Maoist couple surrendered before the Police in Rajnandgaon District. The surrendered Maoists are identified as Murli alias Budkar Hidami, commander of local operating squad (LOS), Shantilal and his wife Deema Salami, an active member of Chetna Natya Manch, the cultural wing of the CPI-Maoist.

"Maoist insurgents have stepped up their recruitment drive in Abujhmaad region forcing minor boys and girls, mostly in their early teens, to join the rebel ranks," Bastar SP RL Meena said. The rebels are conducting recruitment drives through posters. The posters put up at Koyalibeda say that the first phase of the recruitment is expected to commence from October 25 and last till November 15. In the posters, the rebels have also demanded shutdown of Rawghat and Chargaon iron ore mining projects strongly opposing displacement of the villagers in these areas.

October 5

The Union Government has floated global tenders to procure about 4,000 specialised "human detecting" night vision devices in the wake of the recent controversial encounter in Chhattisgarh where allegations of killing civilians were levelled against the CRPF.

October 9

The SFs foiled a major bid of the CPI-Maoist by recovering a 10-kilogram tiffin bomb hidden beneath the soil on a road near Dornapal in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh.

Bijapur Police arrested four hardcore CPI-Maoist cadres involved in half-a-dozen cases of heinous crimes, from two different places in the District. Three Maoists, identified as Pudiyami Paso, Kawasi Sukhram and Podiyami Budhram, all residents of Kachraram village under Toyanar Police limit, were arrested from Nemed weekly market while they were on a recce. The fourth Maoist identified as Jebe Lachchu, of Rawapalli village under Madded Police limit in the District was arrested from Bijapur bus stand.

October 10

A temporary CPI-Maoist camp in the forest area between Jatwar and Karkabeda villages in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh was busted by a joint team of District Police and STF. Four loaded guns, a country made pistol, live cartridges, explosives and other items were recovered from the camp.

Police pulled down two memorials built by Maoists in honour of their slain associates in Kondagaon District. The first memorial, around 15 feet high, was found in forest near Toyanar and Madanar villages, while the second memorial, around 20 feet high, was spotted in jungles of Cherang village in the District.

October 14

The CPI-Maoist cadres intercepted four trucks involved in road construction work and set ablaze in Surokhi village in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. A CRPF and Police team was rushed to the area but as it neared the village, the Maoists triggered a landmine blast and attacked them, injuring four Police personnel.

The SFs recovered a powerful pressure bomb during a search at the encounter spot in Surokhi village in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh.

October 17

Saket alias Rajesh Pudo (23), an 'area commander' of the CPI-Maoist from Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra surrendered before the Police at Mohla Police Station in Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh. Saket also handed over 54 live rounds, three Self-Loaded Rifle (SLR) magazines and a walkie-talkie to Police. Acting on his information the Police also recovered a SLR from the forest area bordering Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.

October 19

Armed CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze Three tractors, one JCB, a road-roller and a matador engaged in road construction between Antagad and Amabeda in Kanker District of Chhattisgarh.

October 20

Intelligence officials sounded an alert that CPI-Maoist were working on a strategy to open a new corridor between the states of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand in the coming winter by taking advantage of freezing cold and foggy situation in the forested border region.

October 22

A CPI-Maoist cadre identified as Gote Wanga (30), was arrested by a joint team of District Police and CRPF during a combing operation from a forest area near Timirguda village in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh.

Road construction works to the tune of an estimated INR 3.5 billion are at a standstill in Sukma District, located on the state's southernmost tip and the tri-junction of Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, due to Maoists threat.

October 26

The Police arrested two CPI-Maoist sympathisers and seized a huge stock of medicines from their possession in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh.

October 28

The CPI-Maoist cadres killed Malesh (25), a youth of Modakpal village in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh, in suspicion of being a Police informer and threw his body on National Highway. A letter found near the body also warned people not to cooperate with the Police.

A joint team of District Police and CoBRA troopers recovered two tiffin bombs of five kilograms each during a search operation in a forested location near village Markam in Sukma District. Later, the bomb disposal squad diffused the bombs.

Two Maoists of 'section commander' rank, identified as Punnem Sanna of Godampalli village and Bodu Ramesh of Gaganpalli village of Konta block in Sukma District, had been active in Malkangiri District of Odisha, for the past five years, surrendered in Sukma District.

Maoists of the Dandakaranya Committee pasted several posters and pamphlets at many locations in Sukma District, and announced to boycott Rajyotsav in protest against the Sarkeguda encounter and asked people to observe as black day on November 1.

October 29

A group of CPI-Maoist cadres killed Swayam Inka (50), father of Assistant Constable Swayam Naraiyya (20), under the Errabor Police Station in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. A note was recovered from the site, in which it was written that in 2006 Inka had allegedly committed atrocities against local tribals.

November 1

Five Maoists suspected to have been involved in operations against Police forces were arrested from two locations in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. Potam Shankar (28), Araiya Dinesh (19) and Araiya Ganpat (19) were arrested from Gauraram village under Maded area of the District by a joint patrolling team of District Police, Chhattisgarh Sashastra Dal and CRPF. Another joint team arrested Pinnapalli Rajesha (22) and Gavdi Nagaiya (20) from Sairkonta village under Cherpally Police limits.

A Maoist 'commander', identified as Pandu Ram Aanchala, wanted in 43 cases and carrying a reward of INR 67,000 on his head, was arrested in a joint operation conducted by the Police and BSF troopers in Krugalmaspi village in Kanker District.

The Maoists have dropped pamphlets in the areas surrounding Dhaudai in Narayanpur District, opposing President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Ramkrishna Mission Ashram on November 7.

November 2

The dead body of an unidentified CPI-Maoist cadre who was killed in an encounter on October 31, 2012 was recovered from a forest near Murkinar in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh.

The dead body of an unidentified CPI-Maoist cadre who was killed in an encounter on October 31, 2012 was recovered from a forest near Murkinar in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. The Union Government has decided to ignore threats from Maoists and go ahead with developing an iron ore mine in the LWE-affected Districts of Kanker and Narayanpur in the State that would supply raw material to the iconic Bhilai steel plant.

November 3

Five Maoists, identified as Tati Sarita (22), Erma Suklu (25), Michhya Banga (20), Michhya Suklu (30) and Punem Ramesh (30), were arrested during a joint-search operation conducted by Police and BSF troopers at Modakpal in Bijapur District.

November 4

Two CISF personnel were killed when heavily-armed CPI-Maoist cadres opened fire at an iron ore mining area in Baliadila hills of Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. The Maoists, estimated to be up to two dozen in number, also took away an AK-47 and a self-loading rifle (SLR) which belonged to the killed personnel.

The Chhattisgarh Police booked three Maoists for allegedly subjecting two minor girls to repeated sexual assaults after abducting them from their villages in Bijapur District. A case has been registered against Kudiam Gujja, Nagesh and Shivaji on the complaint of two girls who were allegedly raped by them in Muded area in the District.

November 6

ASI Nilesh Pandey (27) was abducted by CPI-Maoist cadres and subsequently killed near Chinger Nala under Kutru Police Station in Raipur District.

A CPI-Maoist leader was killed in a Police encounter in a forested area in Pusnar village under Gangalur Police Station in Bijapur District. A loaded gun and other items were recovered from the encounter site.

Five CPI-Maoist cadres, including two women cadres, surrendered before the Police in Bijapur District. The surrenderees are identified as Punem Sanu (20), Subhash Mandvi (25), Paklu Akali (27), Chaiti Veti (24) and Munni Tati (27).

Chhattisgarh Police arrested three Maoists, identified as Sarjuram Mandavi (23), Mahesh Usendi (20) and Jhaduram (30), from the forest of Koilibeda area in Kanker District.

A joint team of the District Police and CRPF troopers recovered a five kilogram tiffin bomb from a road in Kanker District.

November 7

President Pranab Mukherjee addressing inmates and students of Ramkrishna Mission Ashram in Narayanpur District called upon the youth of Chhattisgarh to take inspiration from teachings of Swami Vivekananda and employ every possible means to ensure development in the State. He also emphasised on the need to bring people from the Maoist bastion of Abujhmad into the mainstream while preserving the cultural heritage of the region.

November 8

Senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma (62), who led the Salwa Judum movement in south Chhattisgarh in 2005, had a miraculous escape when a powerful landmine attack triggered by the CPI-Maoist hit his convoy in Kamalnar, a forested area in Dantewada District. Karma and the driver, Sukeshwar Jhole and two security guards were injured.

Five Maoists, including one reportedly involved in abduction and rape of a two minor girls, were arrested in Bijapur District in separate operations.

Five active 'commanders' of the CPI-Maoist surrendered before SP Prashant Agrawal in Bijapur District.

A Sessions Court in Kanker District, sentenced four CPI-Maoist cadres to life imprisonment for killing Kheluram Darro, a suspected Police informer from Nedgaon village on October 3, 2009.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has urged the Union Government to formulate a comprehensive policy to deal with LWE and to take steps to initiate a dialogue with the Maoists. "Naxal violence can only be contained with the active involvement of the Central Government. We are open to a dialogue with the Naxals and would support the Centre in all its endeavours if it initiates any peace talks," Singh said. "We are implementing a liberal surrender policy. We have said that if there is any initiative for talks, Chhattisgarh would not shy away from it. But the key issue is if you are inviting someone for talks, he has to have faith in democracy. One can't sit in a dialogue by holding guns in his hand," he added.

November 10

SFs repulsed an attack launched on them by CPI-Maoist inside Chintalnar forest at Morpalli under Dornapal block in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada District and arrested a member of the ambush party following an encounter.

A Police probe into the incident has found that the attack on Salwa Judum founder and senior Congress party leader Mahendra Karma on November 08 in Dantewada District was "pre-calculated" and "pre-planned" by Maoists.

November 12

Four Maoists were killed in the Tarlaguda forest in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh in a Joint Operation by Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh Police.

A woman CPI-Maoist cadre, identified as Anila Dhurve, was arrested during a Joint Operation by District Police and ITBP in Khadgaon area of Rajnandgaon District in Chhattisgarh.

November 18

Cadres of CPI-Maoist attacked a combing party of Police and killed head constable Afzal Khan at Malnar village in Kondagaon District in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.

SF personnel arrested a Maoist, identified as Rohit Gond, in Mohela area in Rajnandgaon District of Chhattisgarh during a Search Operation, said ASP Vijay Agrawal.

November 19

A group of CPI-Maoist cadres ambushed a Police party by opening indiscriminate firing near Maragaon in Gariyabandh District of Chhattisgarh but failed to inflict any casualty.

November 20

A gunfight with CPI-Maoist cadres in Gariyabandh District of Chhattisgarh led the State Police to seize large quantity of ammunition and explosive materials from a forested hideout of the extremists. The SFs confronted the Maoists who were holding a meeting in the forest of Maragaon village, some 125 km from Raipur.

November 22

Chhattisgarh Police have been put in 'alert mode' as a massive operation is under way in Odisha to nab Sabyasachi Panda, Chief of OMP.

November 24

A CPI-Maoist couple, identified as Hungaram and his wife Mase, wanted in a number of cases including murder and attempt-to-murder, were arrested from Rengabeda village in Narayanpur District, in a joint operation by the District Police, Chhattisgarh Sashastra Bal and Special Task Force.

Five CPI-Maoist cadres, identified as Hidmu Kohrami (22), Lakhmu Benjam (28), Vacham Raju (26), Madvi Baman (24) and Padam Muio (23), were arrested from Tungeli village in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh.

November 25

A joint team of Bijapur Police and Chhattisgarh Armed Forces arrested a Maoist cadre, identified as Kalmumi Minoo alias Manoj, near Ghudsakal village.

Four Maoists, identified as Chapa Naraiyya, Vacham Ramaiyya, Talandi Pavarao and Matti Sukhram, were arrested from Kottaguda and Kamlapalli forests in Bijapur District.

Police arrested three more Maoists identified as Santosh Kumar Anchala (25), Birsingh Anchala (38) and Baisakhu Ram (35) in Etebalka village of Kanker District.

Ramniwas, a 1982 batch IPS officer, has been appointed as the new DGP of Chhattisgarh succeeding DGP Anil M. Navaney, an official statement said. He will take charge on December 1.

November 28

SFs have seized fresh pictures of Prashant Bose alias Kishenda - the No. 2 in the CPI-Maoist hierarchy - during a raid in Chhattisgarh; officials engaged in anti-Maoist operations believe the pictures, found in a CD, will help hunt down Bose, who carries a reward of INR 700,000 on his head announced by the Chhattisgarh and West Bengal Governments.

November 30

Chhattisgarh's newly appointed DGP Ramniwas has said in Raipur that the State Police is keen to contain Naxalism with the cooperation of the people and conduct policing with sensitivity and professionalism, ensuring protection of Human Rights.

December 4

A group of around 60 armed CPI-Maoist cadres set ablaze two tipper trucks used in road construction work in Tongpal area in Sukma District.

Sanghuram alias Nagesh Korram, a Jan militia 'deputy commander' of the CPI-Maoist, was arrested from a densely forested region of Usari village in Kondagaon District during a search operation conducted by a joint team of Bayanar Police and CAF. Police recovered Maoist banner of PLGA week from December 2 to 8, along with posters, battery and wire from his possession.

December 6

CPI-Maoist cadres killed Maniram Baghel (26), a resident of Kumharras village under Kukanar Police Station in Sukma District, on suspicion that he was a Police informer.

December 7

CPI-Maoist cadres killed Chhinnaram Gota, a former Salwa Judum leader and one of his body guards at Kuprel village under Farsegarh Police Station in Bijapur District. The other body guard, Budhram Toke, who was also seriously injured in the attack, was later taken to the District hospital. Before fleeing from the spot, the Maoists set ablaze the vehicle of Chhinnaram and also took away three rifles.

Maoists killed a peon, working in a local school, by slitting his throat at Amapani village in Kanker District. The Maoists also left a pamphlet, stating that the person was being punished for being a Police informer.

December 9

Chhattisgarh's new DGP Ramniwas said the law and order situation in his State has improved and the Naxalite problem was very much under control. The assistance from the Union Government, good work done by the Chhattisgarh Government and cooperation from various quarters are the factors responsible for improvement in law and order and Naxal scenario in the tribal-dominated State, he added. There was a need to bring people who have taken recourse to violence into the national mainstream with the help of all those who believe in democracy, the DGP said.

December 10

Aiming to further boost the anti-Naxal operations particularly in Chhattisgarh, CRPF Director General Pranay Sahay has taken up the issue of non-construction of vital roads in operational areas with the State Chief Minister Raman Singh.

Maoist cadres opened indiscriminate fire from a distance when a joint team of CRPF and CoBRA troopers were on a routine patrolling in Chintalnar area in Sukma District.

A group of six Maoist cadres, in the guise of local villagers, set ablaze a tractor engaged in road construction work near Meharbada locality, in Narayanpur District.

Police arrested a dalam 'commander' of the Maoists from Chotedonger area in Narayanpur District.

December 11

A wanted Maoist cadre, identified as Sita Ram Salaam (20), was arrested from Nariya village forest area in Kondagaon District, during a joint search operation conducted by District Police and CAF.

December 14

Eight Maoist cadres were killed by SFs in a gun battle during a raid on a Maoists' training camp in Bande forest area of Kanker District.

SFs recovered explosives from a dump in Bimagunda forests in Kanker District.

The 170th battalion of CRPF killed a Maoist cadre, identified as Kawasi Budhram, and recovered 23 detonators, tiffin-bomb, and ammunition of 315 bore rifle, muzzle gun, daily used items and 'pitthu' from Kachlaram area of Bijapur District.

December 16

The teachers' strike in Chhattisgarh is snowballing into a major concern for the State Government as well as the local intelligence officials as the CPI-Maoist supported the strike.

December 19

Chhattisgarh Government claimed that concerted efforts put in by various security agencies in the State substantially brought down the number of Naxal related incidents in 2012.

State Police and paramilitary forces deployed in Bastar region are planning to launch a big operation against Maoists in the areas bordering Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Maharashtra.

December 27

Four CPI-Maoist cadres killed Mudiyam Naga (45), Sarpanch of Hirapur village, in Basaguda area, at a weekly market of Awapalli village in Bijapur District.

December 30

SF personnel busted CPI-Maoist training camp, following an encounter with the Maoists during a search operation conducted, in Jappemarka forests in Bijapur District.

Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.





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