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Salwa Judum

Members of the Salwa Judum, the state-sanctioned vigilante group to crush Maoism

Photograph by Tribhuvan Tiwari

A bare-torsoed Muriam outside his hut.

Kalluri, in fatigues, with Chhavin­dra (extreme left) and Deepak Karma (right).

At Karma Sr’s death anniversary

Tour of duty Tribals armed by the govt

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Kamlesh Painkra One of the first journalists to write about human rights violations by the Salwa Judum, the govt-sponsored militia in Chhattisgarh

Target of reprisal The late Mahendra Karma, with guards

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File photo of former union minister Vidya Charan Shukla and PCC chief Nand Kumar Patel. Suspected Naxals opened fire on the Congress party's Parivartan Yatra, comprising senior party leaders, in Sukma district, Chhattisgarh. While V.C. Shukla received bullet injuries, Nand Kumar is missing, suspected to have been abducted, along with his son

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An injured Congress leader being treated after a Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh. Suspected Naxals opened fire on the Congress party's Parivartan Yatra, comprising senior party leaders, in Sukma district,Chhattisgarh.

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Former Union Minister Vidya Charan Shukla was injured and Mahendra Karma was killed, while PCC chief Nand Kumar Patel was kidnapped in a Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh. Suspected Naxals opened fire on the Congress party's Parivartan Yatra, comprising senior party leaders, in Sukma district,Chhattisgarh.

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This file photo shows Mahendra Karma, center, lawmaker and founder of Salwa Judum, the government-supported militia to combat Maoists/Naxalites, surrounded by bodyguards at his residence in Jagdalpur, in Chattisgarh. Karma was killed when Maoist rebels attacked a convoy of cars of Congress party leaders and supporters , injuring several people

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Boil well SPOs share cooking duties at the Konta camp

Podiam Mutta at his quarters in the Banda SPO camp

Tribhuvan Tiwari

Outside the law Salwa Judum volunteers, recruited for anti-Maoist operations

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In this file photo, special police officers walk at a Salwa Judum, or purification hunt, camp in Dantewada, Chhatisgarh. The Supreme Court has asked the Chhatisgarh government to disband the Salwa Judum militia being used to fight Maoist rebels saying the arming of mostly poor tribesmen is "unconstitutional."

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