New Delhi, Aug 13: The Supreme Court, hearing a plea in connection with an encounter of 15 Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, on Monday directed petitioner, Narayan Rao, to file an affidavit. The apex court asked him to state in the affidavit that what kind of evidence and or photos he has to prove that it was forged encounter.
On August 06 as many as 15 Naxals were gunned down and four Naxals apprehended from the encounter site in Sukma, in possession of seven country-made weapons. Apart from the Naxals gunned down, an area committee member (ACM) with a bounty of Rs 5 lakh was arrested along with a female Naxal.
Congress MLA Kawasi Lakhma had claimed that 15 innocent villagers were killed in the recent crackdown on Naxals by the security forces and not 15 Naxals.
“Claims made by government aren’t completely correct. Naxals killed in Andhra, Telangana, and Maharashtra are top leaders. But in Bastar, where they killed 15 Naxals, actually innocent villagers were killed. It’s what the BJP does, they’re enemies of tribal people,” he told to ANI.
A few days back, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had demanded a judicial probe in the matter. AAP’s State Secretary Uttam Jaiswal had accused the police of killing innocent farmers in the name of terrorists and constituted a team to probe the matter.