Villagers Claiming Protest Was Peaceful Still Police Opened Fire In Sukma

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Claim of peaceful demonstration of villagers in Sukma, police still fired.

Sukma:

On Monday, three people died in a shootout between security forces and Maoists in front of a newly constructed camp in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh. But now the villagers allege that they were staging a peaceful protest but the police opened fire to end the protest, in which 9 people died. Mangu Podiyam, a villager, said, “We don’t want a police camp and that’s why we were protesting and gathered here … They had also used lathicharge earlier. 9 villagers died in the firing of security forces, 3 bodies Carried with them. Six villagers are still missing, around 5000 villagers from 20 villages had come here. Rahul Madvi said, “Among those killed are Uika Pandu of Timapura, Bhima Ursam of Gundam and Kawasi Waga of Sudwa village . “

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Police said that the villagers had been opposing the setting up of the camp for the last few days, allegedly under pressure from the Maoists. Amid protests, the Maoists opened fire on the camp today.

Bastar Inspector General P Sundararaj said, “On Sunday night, they returned to their village, but on Monday afternoon, some people, including some Maoists of the Jagargonda area committee, reached the camp and opened fire. The security personnel retaliated, and the firing Continued. After the firing stopped, we found three bodies which are yet to be identified. ”

While 22 security personnel were martyred in the Maoist attack in April, the protest was taking place just 10 km from there. However, police sources said that the Maoists opened fire on the camp under the guise of the villagers. When the villagers started fleeing after firing bullets, the security forces marked the Naxalites from among them and targeted them.

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