The outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) has accused the Bastar police of killing 26 “civilians” and three “political workers” in fake encounters in the last one year in different parts of Bastar. In a press statement sent to The Hindu , the south regional committee (SRC) secretary of the CPI (Maoist), Ganesh Uike, alleged that 20 “civilians” were killed by the police and paramilitary forces in Bijapur district of Bastar between January 2014 and January 2015.
“Five civilians were killed in fake encounters in Sukma district, and one villager was killed by the police in Dantewada district. All of them were later declared Maoists.” He said three of his party workers — Jamali, Rambatti, Lakshmi — were also killed in staged encounters. “In the name of containing Maoism, security men are violating human rights of Bastar tribals,” he added.