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Naxal-hit areas of Chhattisgarh see sharp decline in population

Issue Date: Jun 9, 2014
Growth of population in Chhattisgarh’s Naxalite-hit areas like Bijapur and Dantewada has seen a sharp decline and the number of people residing in Raipur, the capital of the state, has increased rapidly, according to the recently-released census figures of 2011 for the state.    According to a few experts, the trend can be attributed to decrease in livelihood opportunities (caused by deforestation) and counter-insurgency operations resulting in large-scale migration out of the Naxalite and tribal belt of Chhattisgarh.  

‘Bread, freedom vital’

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2011
“It’s a question of freedom. Bread and freedom both are important and people must go back to their homes,” said a Supreme Court bench on January 17. It was hearing a petition seeking an independent committee to rehabilitate 40,000 tribals in Chhattisgarh, caught in the crossfire between Maoists and Salwa Judum, the state’s counterinsurgency campaign.
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