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Chhattisgarh: Judicial inquiry puts cops in dock in Tribal girl killing

RAIPUR: Three years after it was constituted, the judicial commission probing the infamous killing of a minor tribal girl, Meena Khalkho, during an alleged anti Naxal operation in 2011, has submitted its report indicating that the police action was unjustified. In her report District Judge, Anita Jha, who headed the commission, has confirmed that a police bullet had killed Meena but she has raised serious questions on the police’s claims of and an encounter and the fact that the minor girl was a Naxalite. Panchayat and Rural Development Minister, Ajay Chandrakar, who briefed the media after the cabinet meeting on Tuesday, confirmed that the commission’s report had been received and legal advise would be taken on it.
He said the state government would take necessary action against those involved and submit an action taken report. Meena was killed in an alleged encounter by a joint team of Balrampur district police and Chhattisgarh Armed Force near Nawadih village on July 6, 2011. Balrampur district police claimed that Meena was a Naxalite and had been killed in retaliation after the police party was attacked. The police had also claimed that a rifle and some other items that established her Naxalite connections were recovered from her. However, not only Meena’s family members, the residents of the Nawadih Villager had denied that any encounter had taken place on that day and had accused the police of staging the fake encounter.
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