Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and tribal rights activist Soni Sori on Friday alleged that the state police were targeting her family and framing them in connection with the attack on her.
Sori returned to Chhattisgarh on Friday after undergoing treatment for injuries caused on her face by a chemical thrown at her.
“The Chhattisgarh Police, led by (personnel from) Bastar police, are harassing my family members. When I was undergoing treatment in Jagdalpur hospital after the attack, I felt I was the one arrested. I am very grateful that my party got me treated in Delhi,” Sori said. “I want to say clearly that I suspect IG (S R P) Kalluri since he has instigated people against me in the past. Now they are targeting my family and accusing them of carrying out the attack.
Alleging that the police picked up her brother-in-law Ajay Markam two days ago, Sori said, “If they don’t release him, I might sit on a dharna at Dantewada. We will not stop raising people’s issues.”
Markam was released late Friday evening.
Sori’s nephew Lingaram Kodopi told The Indian Express that her sister and Markam’s wife had also been picked up by police, but were released the same day.
AAP national spokesperson Sanjay Singh, who accompanied Sori to Raipur, told reporters, “From the method of the investigation, it seems Chhattisgarh Police may not carry out a fair probe. Kalluri acts more like a local dada than a police officer.”