Questions have arisen over the encounter between Maoists and security forces in Bijapur and Sukma in Chhattisgarh. Locals have alleged that three ordinary civilians died in the firing of security forces.
Social workers have demanded a high-level inquiry into the incident after three people died in a shootout between security forces and Naxalites in the border area of Chhattisgarh’s Naxal-affected Bijapur and Sukma (Chhattisgarh Naxal Attack) district. On Monday, three people were killed in a shootout between security forces and Naxalites in the border village of Silger in Naxal-affected Bijapur and Sukma district of the state.
Police officials of Bijapur district said that on Monday, the villagers were opposing the camp of the security forces in the village of Silger village, when the Naxalites started firing on the police team from among the villagers. After this, the security forces also retaliated. Three people died in this incident. He said that the people killed in this incident have not been identified.
Villagers were demanding for school, hospital
Police officials said that a camp was set up in Silger village for security forces on the 12th of this month. In this camp, the 153rd battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force and the personnel of the district force are deployed. After the establishment of the camp, villagers have started demonstrations against it from 14 May. Villager of Silger village Nandram Markam said that the villagers of Silger and other villages are opposing the camp of the security forces and they are not under pressure from the Naxalites. He said that instead of police camp in rural areas, they are demanding school, hospital and other facilities.
Markam told that when the villagers were gathered there, the police first lathi-charged and later started firing. He said that many villagers have been injured in this incident and many villagers are missing. Another villager told that the three people who died in the police firing are villagers and not Naxalites. Here, after this incident, the Chhattisgarh Bachao Andolan has demanded a high-level inquiry into the matter. The convenor of the movement Alok Shukla has said that a committee should be constituted under the chairmanship of a retired judge of the High Court and the matter should be investigated. He demanded compensation for the families of the dead in the incident and a case should be registered against those guilty of the case.
The Inspector General of Police of Bastar region, Sundararaj P, denied the allegations and said that Silger and the surrounding area is a Naxalite area and the Naxalites have been stunned by the camp being built here. He said that when the villagers were protesting, the Naxalites were hiding there who started firing on the police team. Inspector General of Police said that six DRG personnel and five CRPF personnel have also been injured and are being treated in this incident. He told that in this case, eight people are being interrogated and taken into custody.
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