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Chhattisgarh slammed on tribal houses burning issue

Though it was called a Maoist attack, the tribals of villages had alleged that security forces assaulted women, killed livestock and burnt houses over three-four days in March.

Updated: Apr 18, 2011, 13:28 PM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday slammed the Chhattisgarh government and asked why an independent probe should not be ordered into the burning of 300 tribal houses in Dantewada district and the procedure it follows in the appointment of Koya commandos.

An apex court bench of Justice B Sudarshan Reddy and Justice SS Nijjar said this in an observation on an affidavit filed by the state government detailing steps it has taken after the burning of the 300 tribal houses.

The court said: "The affidavit is beautifully vague."

The court also took exception to the attack on social activist Swami Agnivesh when he visited two tribal villages where the houses were burned.

The court said that the next hearing would be taken up on Thursday. It will focus on the two aspects involving the burning of tribal houses and procedure of the appointment and arming of Koya commandos -- a unit of local tribals fighting the Maoists.

Though it was called a Maoist attack, the tribals of villages had alleged that security forces assaulted women, killed livestock and burnt houses over three-four days in March.

IANS