The first day of the monsoon session of the Chhattisgarh Assembly on Thursday was rocked by the Sarkeguda encounter. Demanding CBI probe into the incident,Opposition Congress twice stalled the House.
Nineteen persons were killed,17 of them at Sarkeguda,in an alleged encounter at two places in Sukma and Bijapur with security forces on June 28.
Leading the debate,former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi said the state government was indifferent towards the plight of innocent tribals and dubbed them as Naxals. He flashed copies of The Indian Express on the encounter and pointed out that the killed were not Naxals and the government owed them an apology.
As Congress leaders claimed that the encounter was fake,state party president Nand Kumar Patel alleged that it was a massacre. Jogi also said the state government fed wrong intelligence to the Centre that prompted Chidambaram to claim that top Naxals were killed.
Would regret if encounter claimed innocent lives: CRPF
New Delhi: The CRPF on Thursday said it would be regrettable if innocent civilians were killed in the recent encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarhs Bijapur district,which has triggered a controversy. It is a concern and regret if they (the 19 killed) were innocent civilians. This information (that some of them were Naxals) was based on police records shared with us… we have said that seven of those killed were Naxalites, CRPF chief K Vijay Kumar told reporters on the sidelines of an event here. Kumar said an inquiry has been ordered and he should not be talking any more about the identities of those killed. The Director General said he will not speculate further on the subject.
ENS & PTI