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19 deaths in encounter: HC notice to Raman Govt

The Chhattisgarh High Court on Thursday issued notices to the state Government,senior police officers and a group of special police officers...

The Chhattisgarh High Court on Thursday issued notices to the state Government,senior police officers and a group of special police officers (SPOs) on a petition seeking a CBI inquiry into a controversial encounter in which 19 people were killed near Simgavaram village in south Bastar on January 8.

Admitting a petition filed by Vanvasi Chetna Ashram director Himanshu Kumar and 20 others — all relatives of those killed in the encounter — Justice Satish Agnihotri ordered issuance of notices to the state Home Secretary,DGP,Dantewada SP and 18 SPOs,directing them to file their replies within seven days.

Alleging that 19 villagers were killed in the fake encounter in the forests between Simgavaram and Venjalvaya,the petitioners sought a court directive for a CBI inquiry and a compensation of Rs 25 lakh to the family of each of those killed in the “encounter”.