Raipur: In a shocking incident, the uniforms and shoes of the slain CRPF troopers, who were killed in a recent Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh, were found in a trash bin near Dr BR Ambedkar hospital on Wednesday.
The matter came to light after the locals found the blood-stained uniforms and boots of the martyrs lying in the dustbin near the mortuary.
The postmortem of the martyrs took place in the hospital yesterday and the uniforms were reportedly thrown into the dustbin after that.
Allegations of dogs eating the body remains of the personnel of the slain CRPF troopers after the postmortem were also made which sent shock waves across the nation.
As the news spread, state Congress leaders reportedly reached the venue and took the uniforms and boots of the martyrs to their office to pay respects and demanded an apology from the state government. It were later retrieved by the police officials.
"We rushed there (to the hospital) after learning that the uniforms of the slain CRPF men were lying in a dustbin filled with garbage near the mortuary where their autopsies took place. We collected four sets of blood-stained uniforms and 10 pairs of shoes and carried those to Congress Bhawan. Later, CRPF officials came here and we handed over all the belongings to them," District Congress chief Vikas Upadhyay said.
Chhattisgarh Congress general secretary Shailendra Trivedi said that the incident is gross insult to the martyrs.
Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh BJP spokesperson, Chand Sundarani said, “We salute the martyrs. Some senior officials from the hospital administration should have been present. Strict action will be taken against guilty who disrespected the uniform.”
Deputy Inspector General (DIG), CRPF, Pradeep Chandra said a probe would be conducted in this regard.
Dean of Ambedkar hospital, Vivek Chaudhary, said, "After a post-mortem is performed, the viscera and other remains are preserved and not kept openly. The video that I saw today (of the blood-stained uniforms left lying in the open) is very unfortunate."
The attack took place in Sukma district on Monday during an operation against Naxals by the security forces.
The CRPF troopers were ambushed by the Naxals as they were passing through the Kasalpada village near Chintagufa in the district.
Naxals also looted the weapons of the martyred CRPF troopers.
14 CRPF personnel, including three officers, were killed in the attack while dozen others were injured.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited the state after the attack and announced a compensation of Rs 38 laks to the kin of the 15 jawans killed in Naxal attack.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condemned the incident and extended his condolences to the family of the deceased.
(With PTI Inputs)