A Fact-Finding Report from Chhattisgarh
Chhattisgarh’s local communities continue to be the worst affected by the tussle between Maoist forces and the state machinery attempting to quell it. In this situation a group comprising of Sanjay Parate, Secretary State CPI-M, Vineet Tiwari, Joshi-Adhikari Institute of Social Studies and CPI, New Delhi, Archana Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru University and member AIDWA, and Nandini Sundar, Delhi University visited Bastar Division between 12th and 16th May 2016. They visited covered Bijapur, Sukma, Bastar and Kanker districts. The focus of the visit was on the situation of ordinary villagers who are living through the conflict between the state and Maoists. In all four districts, the team visited villages chosen randomly, but focused on the most interior villages. In both Bijapur and Bastar for instance, the team visited villages located in or at the boundaries of National Parks to try and assess the role of the revenue and forest departments. The full fact-finding report in Hindi and English are below.
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