17 villagers killed in Chhattisgarh encounter in 2012 weren’t Maoists, finds judicial probe

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The Chhattisgarh Police killed 17 persons in cold blood in a staged gunfight at Sarkeguda in Bijapur district on June 28, 2012 and passed it as elimination of Maoists, as per the report of Justice Vijay Kumar Agarwal judicial probe, submitted a month ago after seven years of hearing and investigation, and leaked on Sunday.

The report indicts the police suggesting clearly that the people killed in the gunfight were not Maoists.

The police claims of firing from the villagers’ side were wrong and the security forces could not provide any proof of the targeted group being Maoists or opening fire at the security forces, the report said.

After questions were raised over the death of 17 people in Sarkeguda village, the then BJP government had constituted a one-member judicial inquiry commission which had submitted its reports a month ago. Read More

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