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Encountering Resistance: State Policy for Development in Gadchiroli

19 Jun 2018

Between the 5th and 7th of May 2018, a combined fact-finding team of 40 members from the Coordination for Democratic Rights Organisation (CDRO), Indian Association of Peoples’ Lawyers (IAPL) and Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) visited the district of Gadchiroli in Maharashtra. This fact finding was organised following news reports of an alleged encounter that left 40 people dead, including some civilians, some of whom were suspected to have been minors. On the 15th and 16th of May, a smaller team revisited the area in order to get more testimonies of people in the surrounding villages. This report is a result of what we saw, heard and understood. The team visited the site of the encounters as well as several villages in the Aheri, Bhamragad and Etapalli tehsils.

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