Govt to give Rs 9 lakh each to Chhattisgarh encounter victims

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 18:17

New Delhi: The kin of eight villagers, who were killed in last week`s encounter between the security forces and Maoists in Chhattisgarh, will be given Rs 9 lakh each as compensation.

The Home Ministry has decided to give the families of each of the eight victims, including three minors, Rs 3 lakh from its discretionary fund, Rs 3 lakh from the fund of victims of terrorist violence and Rs one lakh from the Security Related Expenditure, official sources said.

Rs 2 lakh will also be given as compensation to each of the victims` families by the Chhattisgarh government.

The CRPF, which was involved in the gunfight, has already ordered an inquiry into the Bijapur (Chhattisgarh) incidents after allegations that the encounter was fake and aimed at targeting innocent villagers.

A Commission headed by Justice VK Agrawal, which is currently probing a similar encounter that occurred at Sarkeguda in the same district on June 28-29 last year, will probe this incident too.

The eight villagers and a CoBRA commando were killed in the gunfight between security forces and the ultras near Edasmeta village in southern Chhattisgarh on the intervening night of May 17-18.

CRPF had already put in place additional precautionary measures after the Sarkeguda encounter last year but the allegations of this being a fake encountered have come to the fore again.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 18:17

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