Chhattisgarh: Day after CBI report on March 2011 arson, cry for action against police

CBI has held that 323 SPOs/police personnel and 95 CRPF/COBRA personnel were involved in the operation that led to the arson.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | Raipur | Updated: October 23, 2016 11:21 am

A day after the CBI filed a status report charging seven special police officers (SPOs) with burning 160 homes in Tadmetla village of Chhattisgarh in March 2011, Opposition parties and social organisations Saturday came together to seek prosecution and dismissal of the police and paramilitary personnel involved in the incident.

The agency has held that 323 SPOs/police personnel and 95 CRPF/COBRA personnel were involved in the operation that led to the arson.

In its report, the CBI has also chargesheeted 26 leaders of Salwa Judum for attacking the convoy of Swami Agnivesh two weeks after the arson.

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The Congress demanded the arrest of IG, Bastar range, S R P Kalluri, who was Dantewada SSP in March 2011. State Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel said such an incident could not have taken place without the permission of the area’s nodal police officer.

“After the report by the CBI in the Supreme Court, IG Kalluri and the accused policemen must be suspended from service. They should also be sent to jail as it is clear that because of them adivasis were harassed and their homes burnt. This proves that the BJP is anti-adivasi and wants to clear land and give it to industrialists.”

With allegations of fake encounters also coming to the fore in recent months, Baghel demanded that probe into the killings of a woman, Madkam Hidme, and two young boys must be handed over to the CBI.

Amit Jogi of the Chhattisgarh Janata Congress welcomed the CBI report and said, “Justice may have been delayed, but will not be denied.”

“It is important that everyone involved faces action,” he said.

AAP leader Soni Sori too demanded action against the police officials concerned. The Bastar Bachao Sanyukt Samiti, which comprises Left parties and NGOs like Chhattisgarh Bachao Andolan and Dalit Mukti Morcha, too, protested against police excesses.