‘We were used as human shields in Latehar against Maoists’

Adivasi villagers at Amvatikar have accused the CRPF of beating them and using them as shields as they were forced to search for security personnel’s bodies in the Katiya forest in Latehar district on January 8. Eleven security personnel were killed in an encounter with Maoists on January 7. Fifteen security personnel – four were yet to gain consciousness – were treated for bullet wounds at Apollo Hospital in Erba on the outskirts of Ranchi. Vijay Turi, a farmer from Amvatikar village in Latehar district was also being treated at the hospital for injuries in his eyes, on his face … Continue reading ‘We were used as human shields in Latehar against Maoists’

Alleging assault by CRPF jawans, Jharkhand tribals stage protests

Two separate incidents of alleged assault on village women by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans have triggered a spate of protests in the adjoining districts of West and East Singhbhum – both districts are, according to the Central Government, among districts worst affected by Left Wing Extremism. In both areas, villagers and tribal leaders have renewed their demand for removal of the CRPF camps. Senior CRPF and police officials said enquiries were on against the accused jawans, but termed the demands politically motivated. On September 24, Sumati Gop (19) (name changed) accused a jawan of Battalion 174 of attempting … Continue reading Alleging assault by CRPF jawans, Jharkhand tribals stage protests