Militias

Police state

Print edition : April 29, 2016

The people of Chintagufa, the most troubled village in Bastar range. They accuse CRPF men from the nearby camp of atrocities. The security forces say the villagers are Maoist supporters and that there have been instances of firing at the camp from the village. Photo: Pavan Dahat

S.R.P. Kalluri, the Inspector General of Police for Bastar range. Photo: Pawan Dahat

A file photograph of Mahendra Karma, the Congress leader who played the main role in organising Salwa Judum in 2005. He was killed by the Maoists in 2013. Photo: K. Srinivas Reddy

Chavindra Karma, son of Mahendra Karma, with his bodyguards. He is the leader of the Vikas Sangharsh Samiti, formed by members of the banned Salwa Judum. Photo: By Special Arrangement

Bela Bhatia, a social activist and researcher, who was told to leave Bastar by members of a vigilante group and policemen. Photo: By Special Arrangement

Loosely formed vigilante groups are terrorising anyone speaking out against police atrocities in Bastar, with the ulterior motive of forcing people to part with their lands and migrate to other areas.
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