BJP demands CBI probe into `Maoist encounter`

Accusing Orissa police of killing two civilians under the garb of an anti-Maoist operation in Bargarh district, BJP demanded a CBI probe into the incident.

Last Updated: Jan 02, 2011, 20:11 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Accusing Orissa police of killing two civilians under the garb of an anti-Maoist operation in Bargarh district, BJP on Sunday demanded a CBI probe into the incident and Rs 25 lakh compensation to each victim`s family.

"The incident of December 28 should be investigated by CBI as one of the deceased has been identified as a BJP functionary," BJP`s state unit President Jual Oram and party MLA JN Mishra told reporters here.

The BJP leaders also demanded stringent action against all those involved in the incident including police officials, which was described by police as an encounter with the Maoists.

Alleging there were attempts to cover up and shield real culprits, they said the magisterial inquiry ordered into the incident was of no meaning.
The leaders said families of Madhav Singh Thakur and Ramesh Sahu, the victims of Temiri village, have lodged a complaint at Paikamal police station accusing some security men engaged in anti-Maoist operation, of killing the duo without provocation.

Mishra said police was forced to receive the complaints after local people gheraoed the police station.
Rejecting claims by police that the duo were killed in the encounter, he said "not a single bullet mark was seen in trees near the area where police claimed to have entered into an exchange of fire with Maoists."

PTI