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Nobel laureates appeal for Sen; will he get bail?

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Social rights activist Dr Binayak Sen's bail plea is likely to come up for hearing in the Chhattisgarh High Court on Wednesday.

40 Nobel laureates from 12 countries have issued an appeal on Dr Binayak Sen's behalf- saying that he must be granted bail.

Vekatraman Ramakrishnana has also signed the joint statement.

Amartya Sen said that he is not in favour of signing the joint appeal but he had independently taken a strong stand against the trial court judgment.

The prosecution is likely to appeal against the bail application. It believes there is a strong case against Sen.

Naxals set to release 5 abducted cops in Chhattisgarh on Feb 11

RAIPUR\NEW DELHI: A delegation of civil society activists is expected to travel to Chhattisgarh on Thursday to secure the release of five policemen held hostage by Maoists since January 25.

The initiative comes following a telephonic conversation between Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh and social activist Swami Agnivesh on Tuesday. Swami Agnivesh had been contacted by Maoist leaders, who expressed their willingness to free the policemen in the presence of activists only if the security personnel stay away.

Nine Chhattisgarh districts in worst Naxal-infested list

Half of the Chhattisgarh's 18 districts would now come under the category of worst Naxal-infested districts enabling it to be covered under Centre's security-related expenditure (SRE) scheme.

“The Ministry of Home Affairs had given consent to state government proposal to include three more districts under SRE scheme to facilitate effective combat against Naxalites Chhattisgarh government”, official spokesperson said.
The districts include two revenue districts including Dhamtari, Mahasamund and police district Gariyaband part of Raipur revenue district.

Police seize arms from Maoist hideout in Chhattisgarh

Kanker, January 17 (ANI): Acting on a tip off, regional authorities seized massive cache of arms and ammunition from a Maoist hideout in Bhanupratappur village of Chhattisgarh on Sunday. Station House Officer R. S. Thakur said that they acted on a tip off and recovered the arms from a nearby forest. The Maoists have spread into rural pockets of 20 of India's 28 states. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has termed them as India's gravest internal security threat.

CBI case against Chhattisgarh Revenue Board member for fraud

New Delhi, Jan 17 (PTI) CBI has registered a fraud case against a member of Revenue Board of Chhattisgarh and some Bank of Baroda officials in Raipur for allegedly changing ownership records of a locker in back date after Rs 15 lakh cash were recovered from it during an Income Tax search.

Arms seized from Maoist hideout in Chhattisgarh

Security forces seized massive cache of arms and ammunition from a Maoist hideout in Chhattisgarh's Bhanupratappur village on Sunday.

"We got the information that four guns were kept somewhere in the nearby forest covered with wild grass. After getting this information security forces along with the Border Security Forces went there immediately and recovered the arms,' said Thakur.

"We are further looking into the matter,"

Chhattisgarh cops probe unclaimed Maoist literature

Raipur, Jan 14 Chhattisgarh Police Friday began probe into unclaimed cartons of Maoist literature found at Raipur railway station's parcel godown that reportedly had vital details about key Maoist leaders.

Sources said that railway authorities reported to police Friday that two unclaimed cartons filled with vital documents belonging to outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist were lying for a long period at parcel godown.

Several Maoists killed, says Chhattisgarh police

Raipur, Jan 11 Several Maoists were killed in a gun-fight between police and the rebels Tuesday afternoon in Chhattisgarh's violence-hit Bastar region but none of the dead bodies could be recovered, police said.

'We fought a fierce gun battle with Maoists throughout the afternoon period in a thickly forested area of Bijapur district and several rebels were killed but we did not recover their bodies as their comrades carried away the dead bodies of their colleagues deep into the forest,' Superintendent of Police Rajendra Das told reporters in Bijapur town, headquarters of the district.

Census in Maoist zones difficult, say Chhattisgarh officials

Raipur, Jan 11 (IANS) A headcount of people in Bijapur and Dantewada districts will be highly difficult due to the presence of Maoist rebels in the interiors of the region, Chhattisgarh officials have told the census authorities.

Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India (RGCCI) C. Chandramouli held a video-conference with top authorities in the restive Bastar region Monday about conducting the second phase of census starting Feb 9.

Three women Maoists arrested in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Jan 10 (IANS) Three women Maoists were arrested Monday in Chhattisgarh's restive Bastar region, police said.

The women rebels, who are in early 20s, were picked up from an interior forested pocket in Bijapur district, about 450 km south from Raipur.

'The women were arrested by a patrolling team comprised of District Force (DF) and the special police officers (SPOs) in Potenar area. We believe they were linked to a few attacks,' said Additional Superintendent of Police B.P. Rajbhanu.

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