Staff Reporter :
Reacting sharply to the alleged leakage of Judicial Enquiry Report of encounters at Sarkeguda and other villages, wherein, 17 people were killed and 10 people were injured, Bharatiya Janata Party National Vice President Dr Raman Singh said it is a serious issue. In his statement the BJP National Vice President said leaking of a judicial enquiry report in the media before being tabled in the Legislative Assembly amounts to contempt of the House.
He said the issue will be raised in the House when the Winter Session resumes again on Monday. It is being alleged in the Judicial Enquiry Report that the encounters which had taken place during the intervening nights of June 28 and 29 in 2012 at village Sarkeguda under Basaguda police station in Bijapur district and villages Silger and Chimlipenta under Jagargunda police station in Sukma district, were reportedly fake encounters. It was stated that while one villager was killed on the next day of encounter but villagers were allegedly shot on open grounds.
It is worth mentioning here that after the encounters, the then BJP government under the then Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh had instituted Single Member Judicial Enquiry Commission led by Justice V K Agarwal on July 11, 2012. The police had then claimed that the encounter had taken place during night in the jungle where Maoists were holding a meeting, in the encounter 17 villagers including seven minors were reportedly killed while ten others were injured. Police had claimed that the Maoists had fired first and the security forces retaliated in self-defense.
While the report submitted by Judicial Enquiry Commission reportedly states that the meeting was being held in an open ground and the villagers were subjected to one sided attack. Security forces reportedly had even beaten villagers and on next day a villager was allegedly killed by security forces at his residence. The report also state that there was fault in the enquiry conducted by police where it has not been proved that the villagers killed or wounded were Maoists.