JNU agitation: Bastar IG now sees ‘Soni Sori plot’ in Umar Khalid speech

Umar Khalid had named Sori and the Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group during his speech in JNU when he had resurfaced on the campus, while police were looking for him. He had later surrendered.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | Raipur | Updated: February 29, 2016 4:02 am
Umar Khalid(L), Sori after the attack. Umar Khalid(L), Sori after the attack.

Claiming that the attack on tribal activist Soni Sori was a “conspiracy”, Bastar IG S R P Kalluri on Sunday said JNU student Umar Khalid, who is under arrest on sedition charges, could be part of the plot as he had taken her name during a speech.

A press release issued by Kalluri said, “Umar Khalid, who shouted anti-India slogans and pro-Pakistan slogans in JNU Delhi, who is in jail on charges of sedition, mentioned the attack on Soni Sori and the (Jagdalpur) Legal Aid Group. CPI (Maoist) spokesperson Vikalp in his press note on February 21, has also mentioned the smearing of ‘khallikh (black ink)’ on Soni Sori and the attack on (journalists) Malini Subramainam and Alok Putul, which shows that the Soni Sori incident has been conducted because of a conspiracy, and it is essential to expose the case… The investigation is being conducted scientifically and soon, the criminal conspiracy will be unearthed. “

It was essential for facts to come to light, police said, “so that anti-Naxal programme could be resumed in earnest”.

Umar Khalid had named Sori and the Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group during his speech in JNU when he had resurfaced on the campus, while police were looking for him. He had later surrendered.

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Contacted by The Indian Express, Kalluri said he “could not clarify any further”. “I have issued a press release. That is my version.”

Police have announced a Rs 30,000 reward for arrest of unknown accused in the Sori attack, as well as a Rs 1 lakh reward for information that helps “expose” the case.

The release by Kalluri also talked about Sori’s “non-cooperative stance”. “It is the intention of the IG, Bastar Range, that the truth of the incident be revealed as soon as possible, so that the anti-Naxal programme can be continued apace. For the investigation of the incident, Kalyana Elsela, ASP Bijapur, is in Delhi. The main eyewitness and witness in the case is adopting a non-coperative stance, but many facts have been revealed. With some more evidence, the police will soon reach a conclusion, and incident will be exposed, so that anti-Naxal operations can continue.”

Sori after the attack. IG calls her ‘uncooperative’. (File Photo) Sori after the attack. IG calls her ‘uncooperative’. (File Photo)

Elsela is part of the SIT set up by Kalluri to investigate the attack on Sori. In a report to the IG, he said, “The team met the doctor who is treating Ms Sori and it was found that she was never in a critical state as reported in the media. She is under treatment to prevent any infection on her face and does not require any plastic surgery. She was admitted with irritation caused due to some unknown substance. The traces of the substance (were) sent for forensic analysis by police earlier. It was unusual that after the substance was wiped off the face at Gidam and Jagdalpur, she appeared with dark black substance on her face when she reached Delhi. However the doctor advised that a final opinion can be given only on completion of treatment.”

Saying the SIT will speak to Sori after she is discharged from hospital, the report added, “The doctor had no objections in letting the team meet Ms Sori. It is important to speak to the victim to reconstruct the incident and to establish the leads found in investigation so far. However due to unwarranted pressure by advocates, colleagues and co-workers of Ms Sori that she is in isolatiaon and still under shock, the team deemed fit to wait till the discharge of Ms Soni.”

On February 20 night, Sori was travelling from Jagdalpur to Geedam after meeting Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group’s Isha Khandelwal and Shalini Gera, when three men allegedly stopped the motorcycle Sori was on and applied a grease-like substance to her face. Soni has since then been hospitalised, first in a local hospital and now in Delhi.

The Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group and Scroll.in’s Subramaniam have left Bastar in the past 10 days allegedly under police pressure, while BBC journalist Alok Putul has written a piece saying he was told by Kalluri and Bastar SP R N Das that police only “work with patriotic journalists”. Putul also alleged that he was warned by people in Jagdalpur that “there were people looking to attack him”.

Aam Aadmi Party Chhattisgarh convenor Sanket Thakur told The Indian Express, “It is clear what the Bastar police is doing. By alleging a conspiracy, they are manufacturing a new conspiracy. Additionally, I am surprised that a police officer of the rank of IG can connect something said in JNU to this case. What is the connection?”

On the allegation that the SIT was prevented from meeting Sori, Thakur said, “Soni Sori is recovering but the new skin is very soft and highly susceptible to infection, therefore doctors at Apollo have not allowed her to meet anyone. Yesterday, members of the SIT visited Apollo but they were not allowed to meet Soniji by Dr I P Singh, plastic surgeon, Apollo.”

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    Amit
    Feb 29, 2016 at 5:39 am
    Anyone with more than a Chimpanzee's brain can clearly see this as a the trademark technique of APP party and the drama king bania Kejriwal to spread his pathetic party to the tribal regions of states where BJP is in power.
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      Aditya
      Mar 1, 2016 at 3:40 am
      Hi Amit, Pease stop taking money from BJP and RSS for writing such foolishness. I simply cannot believe that a person will write such insanity without taking money....
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        arvind
        Feb 29, 2016 at 4:40 am
        whay dont u ask pheku to not to go to foreign trips and save ur money.. anyways it is not helping much,.
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          Arjun
          Feb 29, 2016 at 1:52 am
          Ha ha ha. Typical Bi behavior. Blaming his utter failure and laziness on a poor student. Well done, IG sahab. You will get the bi award fro 2016.
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            aakash
            Feb 29, 2016 at 7:07 am
            International researchers? ha ha ha ha. tumhara saara gyan toh punjab kesri padhke mila hai lag raha hai. UGC ne JNU ko no. 1 rank di th last year. alum hai, hero?
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              Santrupt
              Feb 29, 2016 at 2:44 am
              You cannot be a 'poor student' like you mentioned here even if you wanted to, because I dont think a poor thinker like you can ever crack entrance exams of any university, let alone a prestigious one like JNU. Your money? How much do you earn anyways? And what about your money spent by banks to lend money to failing corporates who only like to party? You need to read and think, both of which you are not capable of.
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                Bijan Mohanty
                Feb 29, 2016 at 6:08 am
                You are commenting on a party whose name or abbreviation you cannot write properly which shows your standard and you expect others to listen to you.
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                  Mango-Man
                  Feb 29, 2016 at 7:17 am
                  Now a days you can book anyone for anything, even for saying the name :P
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                    SKN
                    Feb 29, 2016 at 7:23 am
                    JNU is a very small Social Science dominated Research University. The Science faculties are quite recent. Please note JNU has no undergraduate degrees (like Delhi University); but at the same time it is not purely a research insute (like ISI); JNU faculty do spend considerable amount of time in teaching/marking. The accurate ranking should be in Social and Economic Sciences as is done by Stanford University: ranking_social_science Sociology, Demography and Family Studies: Delhi-1; JNU-2 Economics Research: ISI-1; JNU-2 There are NO Psychology or Business and Management departments/faculties in JNU!!!! I don't want to spend a lot of time on these Western rankings - they are mostly elitist and racist. They tell the world how good they are and how stupid the "Third World' academies are. There is an economic angle as well: higher ranking of US/UK universities means they can recruit students from India with 4 times more fees. Demeaning Indian academies also means they can brain drain best of the talents.
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                      SKN
                      Feb 29, 2016 at 7:29 am
                      JNU is a very small Social Science dominated Research University. The Science faculties are quite recent. Please note JNU has not many undergraduate degrees (like Delhi University); but at the same time it is not purely a research insute (like ISI); JNU faculty do spend considerable amount of time in teaching/marking. The accurate ranking should be in Social and Economic Sciences as is done by Stanford University: ranking_social_science Sociology, Demography and Family Studies: Delhi-1; JNU-2 Economics Research: ISI-1; JNU-2 There are NO Psychology or Business and Management departments/faculties in JNU!!!! I don't want to spend a lot of time on these Western rankings - they are mostly elitist and racist. They tell the world how good they are and how stupid the "Third World' Universities are. There is an economic angle as well: higher ranking of US/UK universities means they can recruit students from India with 100 times more fees. That's how they run their higher education - the money our parents pay them. Demeaning Indian academies also means they can brain drain best of the talents.
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                        Dinesh Singh
                        Feb 29, 2016 at 9:14 pm
                        And you are what????? an IG of police!!!!!!! no doubt Bastar has a lot of problem.
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                          babu
                          Feb 29, 2016 at 1:09 am
                          Loochha kalua last month i was in hi nagar po lice was chasing a poket maar when po lice came close to poket maar he started shouting jai krishna jai modee po lice backed down and poket maar left so you will blame krishna moder for that
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                            Jeslin Patricya
                            Feb 29, 2016 at 11:58 am
                            Nice answer Indian.
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                              Krishna Kumar
                              Feb 29, 2016 at 12:25 am
                              Kalluri has found the clue from Bazzi ; the shortcut to promotions, rewards from Modi government. Conniving police and other officials, scant regard to judiciary, crooked politicians and lawless lawyers - we have a perfect receipe for anarchy and disaster. Look at the way Policeman of IG rank shamelessly cook up stories and evidence. In this country, law is used by police not to maintain law and order, but for personal gains, serve the interests of political masters and money bags and to terrify the common man.
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                                Laxmi Narayan Naren
                                Feb 29, 2016 at 7:36 am
                                Thank God !! Finally our Police has become Superrrr Intelligent. Now we don't need any investigating/ Intelligence agencies..
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                                  MKRao
                                  Feb 29, 2016 at 7:49 am
                                  Yes Pappu ped out in 1995 according to him from Trinity College in M.Phil(it is another matter he needs help even to write a condolence message) and shown a certificate too. But it was dated 2005!!! He does not know the difference between numbers! On being asked he said it was a typo as always. How can a prestigious insute give a certificate of another century! Does it happen anywhere else in the world?! If it happened with commoner like us it would be disastrous for our career. But he is the Pappu of India, he has enough slaves he does not care if a certificate fake or real as people are foolish enough to believe.
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                                    nav rattan
                                    Feb 29, 2016 at 3:49 am
                                    Yeah, it is my money and I would not like it to be spent on bringing up anti - national traitors. The JNU and prestigious, my foot. It does figure nowhere in the list of top/prestigious Universities brought out periodically by international researchers in the field of education. Yeah. if the JNU has any prestige or expertise it is in the field of giving birth to traitors.
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                                      Pankaj#1
                                      Feb 29, 2016 at 12:34 am
                                      He sees it right.
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                                        Pankaj#1
                                        Feb 29, 2016 at 1:14 am
                                        Look at AK. The mongrel of Indian politics. Dirty Mongrel, not the innocent street dog.
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                                          Prakash
                                          Feb 29, 2016 at 12:10 pm
                                          But your Politics is extreme and intolerable. if you don't have patriotism then you will never become responsible citizens and won't do anything good for the country no mater how educated you are. Your blood doesn't boil if anybody shouts bad about your motherland. Shame ! Imagine what will happen if all the universities and colleges organise events like you, citing JNU as an example. Definitely there need to be certain limits.
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                                            Rajiv Pande
                                            Feb 29, 2016 at 7:56 pm
                                            I don't understand how an insution with only 8000 students is called a University.
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