New Delhi: NHRC will inquire into a
complaint alleging that security forces killed a villager and
branded him a Maoist in Chhattisgarh`s Dantewada "in an act of
revenge" for the massacre of 76 security personnel by the
extremists a day after the Naxal ambush on April 6.
The Nation Human Rights Commission took cognisance of the
complaint filed by a rights activist and lawyer Radhakanta
Tripathy. It told its Director General (investigation) to
collect "all the requisite reports" within eight weeks.
Tripathy alleged in his complaint that Chattisgarh
police and CRPF personnel picked up one Kunjum Suklu while
raiding Mukram village in Dantewada on April 7 and beat him to
death "in an act of revenge".
"Not only this, they also branded Suklu, a poor villager,
a Maoist," he charged.
Seeking the Commission to intervention, Tripathy said,
"Finding it impossible to lead a peaceful life in a sandwiched
condition between security personnel and
Naxalites, the residents (of Mukram village) are left with no
option than to flee by leaving their homes and cattle behind."
"Terror created by police and CRPF has butchered the
human rights of the villagers, who have been subjected to
negligence by the state since independence," he alleged, also
submitting that villagers of Mukram and nearby villages of
Dantewada urge immediate protection of their rights.