A day after an FIR was filed against DU professor Nandini Sundar, JNU professor Archana Vijay and CPM leader Sanjay Parate and 17 others, in connection with the murder of a tribal man in Sukma, the district police and IG SRP Kalluri have written to the DGP, demanding a CID probe.
This comes after the activists termed the charges ridiculous, saying that they had last visited Bastar in May, and that the FIR was continuation of harassment faced by anyone who questioned the police narrative in Bastar.
In a letter marked to the Director General of Police, the IG (Bastar Range) said that there have been news reports aimed at maligning him at a personal level, and that the investigation should be taken over by the CID. A similar letter by SP, Sukma, I K Elsela was also made public, which pointed out that the police “is being targeted” in the press, and that the investigation should be taken over by the CID.
On November 4, Shamnath Baghel, a resident of Nama village was pulled out of his home and was allegedly murdered by Maoists in front of his family. His wife then filed a complaint, alleging that when the Maoists killed him, they said it was because he led the “tangiya gang”, a self-defence group the village had formed against the Maoists, and that he had not listened to a team of Sundar, Vijay, Parate and others who had reportedly asked them to “go with the Maoists” in May.