Tremors within Chhattisgarh govt over encounter probe report: 'Cabinet misled' -Dipankar Ghose

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published Published on Dec 2, 2019   modified Modified on Dec 2, 2019
-The Indian Express

Sources told The Indian Express that the state government decided to table the report after a hurried Cabinet meeting late Saturday. During the meeting, sources said, at least two ministers claimed the Cabinet had been “misled” earlier about the contents of the report.

The report of the Justice V K Agarwal enquiry commission, which found no evidence to support claims by security forces that 17 people killed in an alleged encounter in Bijapur in 2012 were Maoists, will be tabled in the Chhattisgarh Assembly Monday — a day after its key findings were first published in The Sunday Express.

Sources told The Indian Express that the state government decided to table the report after a hurried Cabinet meeting late Saturday. During the meeting, sources said, at least two ministers claimed the Cabinet had been “misled” earlier about the contents of the report.

Contrary to claims made by security forces about the alleged encounter in Sarkeguda in June 2012, the one-member judicial commission found that there was no firing by the villagers; the villagers were assaulted and killed from close quarters; security forces may have fired “in panic”; and one of the victims was shot in the morning, several hours after the encounter at night.

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The Indian Express, 2 December, 2019, https://indianexpress.com/article/india/tremors-within-chhattisgarh-govt-over-encounter-probe-report-cabinet-misled-6145963/?fbclid=IwAR3rejnpsTp51sLxm-3GfGioMucp


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