Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee (JPCC) president Sukhdeo Bhagat on Saturday alleged that 514 innocent villagers in Jharkhand had been convinced to get branded as Naxalites and made to surrender with false promise of providing them jobs under the state government's Surrender and Rehabilitation policy by the BJP-led government in 2011.
Describing the Naxal problem as the gravest challenge facing India, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday asked all states which are grappling with the menace to appoint as district magistrates and superintendents of police such officers who have the "zeal" to fight the rebels.
Almost a month after Peshawar's Army Public school witnessed a ruthless massacre staged by Talibani suicide bombers, the deserted classrooms came alive on Monday as children returned to schools.
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A top police official today visited the Chaibasa divisional jail to probe yesterday's jail break in which 15 prisoners, all Naxalites, escaped while two other extremists were killed and three injured in police firing.
Two Naxalites, lodged in the Chaibasa jail in West Singhbhum district, were killed and three other Naxalites injured in police firing when they attempted to escape during a headcount of prisoners on Tuesday while 15 others managed to flee.
Schools in Naxal-affected villages in Chhattisgarh remain non functional due to non availability of teachers and basic amenities.With Teacher's day round the corner, reports like these raise a question mark on the education system in the country.
Six suspected Naxalites, who were recently arrested from a Dalit colony in the district where the marriage of a Dalit boy to a Hindu girl triggered violence in three villages in 2012, were on Friday detained under the the National Security Act.
The UN has expressed concern over the killing and maiming of children who continue to be recruited and used as human shields by Maoists in India and over the threat of sexual violence against girls within Naxalite ranks.