An investigation has been ordered following the recent October 24 protests during which a mob, allegedly including police personnel, burnt effigies of social activists and political leaders in Bastar. (Representative Image) Photograph: (Others)
The state government suspended seven policemen after the CBI accused them of setting fire to nearly 200 homes
Days after India's chief investigative agency, the central bureau of investigation (CBI) levelled charges against seven policemen from the Chhattisgarh state police, the Raman Singh government has suspended the policemen.
The CBI had indicted the men for setting nearly 200 houses ablaze during the 2011 raids in Tadmetla village of Sukma district. The seven policemen have been charged with arson and causing grievous hurt. The agency had earlier submitted a status report to the Supreme Court of India.
An official government statement said, "The DGP has issued directives for taking action of suspension and line attach as per the rules against the then eight special police officers of Dantewada and Sukma districts who have been charge-sheeted by the CBI in connection with the Tadmetla incident."
The policemen had blamed the Maoists in the forests of Sukma district (then part of Dantewada district) in the Bastar region of burning down the houses between March 11 and March 16, 2011.
But political parties in the state demanded the government to fix responsibility on senior police officers, on whose orders such operations are carried out.
Another investigation has been ordered following the recent October 24 protests during which a mob, allegedly including police personnel, burnt effigies of social activists and political leaders in Bastar.
Social activist Swami Agnivesh filed a petition, saying he was attacked by a mob while travelling to the villages with relief supplies. But the protesters argued that they were, in fact, fighting Maoists in the region and these allegations are being made by their "sympathisers".
Villagers have often complained of human rights violations in the region.
(WION with inputs from agencies)