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Saranda, literally meaning a forest of seven hundred small hills, is known as the largest sal forest in Asia, situated in West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand. Approximately 125,000 Adivasis / 10,000 families live in these forests, which have rich iron ore deposits. Maoists rule the area, and hence the security operations. Operation Anaconda was the last of these.

India: Anti-Naxal forces leave a trail of devastation

By Tue, Oct 11, 2011 2:02PM UTC Comments Off Saranda, literally meaning a forest of seven hundred small hills, is known as the largest sal forest in Asia, situated in West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand. Approximately 125,000 Adivasis / 10,000 families live in these forests, which have rich iron ore deposits. Maoists rule the area, and hence the security operations. Operation Anaconda was the last of these.

A 30-year-old woman was repeatedly gang raped by security forces for a week during August in the Saranda forests of Jharkhand. Jawans of the anti-Naxal Cobra force captured her house, and made her to live with and cook for them. Today, she does not dare speak out against the barbarity since the jawans subsequently arrested...

Maoist rebels kill 3 villagers in eastern India

By Sun, Jul 31, 2011 9:30AM UTC Comments Off Maoist rebels kill 3 villagers in eastern India

PATNA, India (AP) — Police say Maoist rebels have shot and killed three villagers in eastern India. Bihar state police chief Neelmani, who uses only one name, said more than 100 rebels attacked Banda village 112 miles (180 kilometers) west of state capital Patna on Saturday night. Neelmani said the slain villagers were opposed to...

India: Court bars govt from arming tribals to fight Maoists

By Wed, Jul 06, 2011 11:14AM UTC Comments Off In this July 12, 2005 file photo, a group of tribal men, armed with bows and arrows, ride on a jeep to attend an awareness program against Maoist rebels in Penkonda village of Dantewara district. Pic:AP.

The Supreme Court of India’s directive to the Chhattisgarh government to disband and disarm 6,500 special police officers (SPOs) engaged in anti-Maoist operations is a slap on the latter’s face. On Tuesday, a Supreme Court bench ordered the Union government “to cease and desist, forthwith, from using any of its funds in supporting, directly or...

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