The CRPF has initiated an internal inquiry into the killing of 19 alleged Maoists in Chhattisgarh last Friday amid allegations that the victims were innocent villagers.
CRPF director general K Vijay Kumar,who ordered the probe,said the truth would come out. Denying any intelligence failure,CRPF officials said they had been working on the operation for the last one month.
Kumar said the encounter site at Sarkeguda in Bijapur district was known to be an area where the Maoists held regular meetings.
This was not the first time that a meeting (by Maoists) was being held at the village. We had collected enough information about the place. Our personnel were sent from three directions and the group proceeding from Basaguda was attacked first,leading to firing by the other two groups, said Kumar.
The inquiry is being conducted by the commandant there… There have been no unjust violations from our side,like hacking the bodies with axes. The bodies have been properly photographed and videographed and we can see no such marks. Our personnel dont indulge in all these practices, said Pankaj Kumar Singh,IG (operations).
But another senior officer admitted that some innocent villagers may have been killed and action would be taken after the inquiry was over.