In a rare instance of disciplinary action against security forces deployed on Maoist front, Chhattisgarh police have suspended seven STF men for “arguing with villagers” and “shoving” them in Dantewada. The seven are head constable Ashok Sahu and constables Bhupendra Nishad, Narad Singh Kanwar, Gajendra Thakur, Krishnanand Kushwaha, Nageshwar Nirmalkar and Jitendra Singh.
In an order dated September 14, STF SP G S Darro wrote: “Gramino ke sath vaad-vivaad aur dhakka-mukki kar (for arguing with villagers and shoving them) on 12.9.2015, they have displayed grave indiscipline, which has damaged the image of STF.” “They are suspended with immediate effect,” the order stated.
Dantewada officers said the accused policemen were off duty Saturday. They went to Palnar market, reportedly inebriated, and had an altercation with a shopkeeper. When locals tried to intervene, they thrashed them.