Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Cops say encounter, tribals claim it’s fake

Wednesday June 4 2008 10:24 IST
JEYPORE: Alleging that police have indulged in fake encounters, tribals of Naxal-infested Kalimela block in Malkangiri district on Saturday claimed that innocent villagers were killed in the name of Naxals.

Clad in usual tribal dresses and trekking over 150 km, about 30 koya villagers, including headmen Gilen Guda and Tonkel Guda of Kalimela block, came to an office of a media organisation to air their grievances.

They alleged that the police had been continuously torturing innocent villagers of Kalimela block and even framing the villagers who are daring to speak against the harassment.

To drive their point home, they claimed police had picked up three villagers - Madhi Bucha, Madi Vira and Madhi Gonga - 15 days back for interrogation and later freed Gonga. But the other two went missing. Significantly, 15 days back, police claimed killing two Naxal leaders of Chhattisgarh Raghu and Sunil in an encounter in Kalimela jungle. Now claiming that the two are innocent tribals, the villagers sought a high-level inquiry into the encounter.

The villagers also told the the media that due to continuous police torture many villagers are fleeing villages. Meanwhile, in a clarification, the police administration of Malkangiri told the media that the two Naxalites were indeed killed in police encounter and the complaints of the villagers are baseless

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