Chhattisgarh: Presenting a status report on its investigation, the CBI informed a bench led by Justice Madan B Lokur that “160 houses in village Tadmetla were completely burnt during the police operation.”
The villagers said the two deceased, aged 16 and 18, were from the Barsoor region in Dantewada and had gone to a relative's village in the same district to inform them about a death in the family when they were shot dead.
Satish’s death has left the Dalit-majority village, with more than 500 homes, divided on caste lines. The village has a small population of upper-caste Thakurs, but there has always been peace among the communities.
In the third week of July finally, Sonkar surrendered to the UP Police in a case of theft. Senior police officials say a lawyer told him “that if he was arrested in one case, he could not face trial in another”.
Senior police officers said that the operation was launched based on intelligence inputs. The team comprising DRG, STF and CRPF personnel got into an a gunfight with the Maoists in the early hours of Wednesday.
In Naxal-hit Dantewada, where the Indravati draws an unofficial line between an area that bears the imprint of governance and the jungle that lies beyond, the rising river waters leave villagers stranded every monsoon.