Chhattisgarh HC asks state govt to exhume bodies of 2 suspected naxals

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The Chhattisgarh High Court has ordered the state government to exhume the bodies of two tribals and conduct a fresh autopsy. The High Court order came on a plea made by their relatives, who had alleged that the police killed them in a fake encounter by branding them as naxals.

The high court has directed the state government that the second post-mortem of the exhumed bodies should be carried out by two doctors in a district hospital, preferably at district headquarter Jagdalpur within a week of this order as considerable time has passed.

It also directed that the process should be videographed and subsequently the copy of the report should be submitted before the high court.

The High Court decision came after the petitioners claimed that proper procedure was not followed in carrying out the autopsy of those dead.

“The single-judge bench of Justice Goutam Bhaduri delivered the order yesterday on a writ petition (criminal) filed by the relatives of the deceased,” Amarnath Pandey, one of the lawyers of the petitioners said on Friday.

Relatives claim that Bheema Kadti, a native of Gampud village in Bijapur district, and his sister-in-law Sukhmati Hemla, had gone to a market in Kirandul in the neighbouring Dantewada district on a bicycle on January 28, but they later received information that the two were killed in an encounter.

On the contrary, the police claimed that the duo were naxals and were killed in a gunfight on January 29.

Thus, the relatives of the deceased filed the petition claiming they were not naxals and that the encounter was staged, the lawyer said.

The matter has now been posted for hearing after four weeks.

(With inputs from PTI)