Jharkhand - Latehar: Cyclical Harm
By Deepak Kumar Nayak
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management
On November 23, 2016, six Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres were killed in an encounter with Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Jharkhand Police, at a remote location inside the Karmadih-Naurnagu Forests under the Chhipadohar Police Station of Latehar District. CRPF, Director General (DG), K. Durga Prasad disclosed, "Two out of the six slain rebels have been identified as ‘sub-zonal commander’ Deepak Kharwar alias Shailesh Kharwar, who carried a cash reward of Rs, Five Lakh [INR 500,000] on his head, and ‘area commander’ Nagendra Yadav," and added, further, that the duo was mainly active in Latehar and Lohardaga and used to operate under the directives of Maoist ‘zonal commander’ Nakul Yadav.
Dusk is The Dawn
A Short Story by Kapal Dhir *
So at last, it is dawn now. At least the horrible experience he faced last midnight at home was now consigned to the past.
But can it really be termed as ‘past’? The episode has shaken the beliefs and memories he has been cherishing so happily for the last so many years. He is now 65 years of age and all of a sudden he has been thrown back to brood over the entire life.