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A Shiver Runs Through It

The innocent tribal stands hapless in the crossfire between the State and the Maoists, losing life and livelihood in a war without end

A Shiver Runs Through It
Tribhuvan Tiwari
A Shiver Runs Through It
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Chhattisgarh

Maoist-related fatalities: 2005-2009

According to state police, however,

  • 66 Maoists killed in 2008,
  • 113 in 2009;
  • 143 civilian deaths attributed to Naxal violence in 2008,
  • 116 in 2009.

According to villagers, around 40 civilians (which would include what the government describes as suspected Maoists/Maoist sympathisers) are killed a week in the area.

 

...And The Cool Of Ash

Almost haven The setting is idyllic in the lengthening shadows, but the calm in Gorgondarengapur is quite recent. Like many others, this woman and child had fled to Andhra Pradesh fearing the Salwa Judum. They returned only a few weeks ago.


We fly into Raipur, the advice given by civil rights activists ringing in our ears: be careful which hotel you check into, since most report any arrivals—especially of journalists—to the local police. It’ll be very hard to get into the conflict zone in Bastar without being followed, harassed and thrown out by the Special Police Officers (SPOs). Our contact in Dantewada district—Ground Zero of the war being fought between the State and the Maoists—advises us to take the overnight sleeper bus, rather than a car, to Kirandul.

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