Congress demands CBI probe into killing of 2 boys in encounter

New Delhi:Opposition Congress sought a CBI probe into the alleged killing of “innocent” boys in the “fake” encounter between security forces and suspected Naxals in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh recently.

“It is very unfortunate that innocent tribals are being targeted in Bastar in a conspiracy of the ruling BJP to kick them out of the region. Tribals are being killed in the name of Maoists by police,” Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee chief Bhupesh Baghel said in a press conference this evening.

According to police, on September 24 early morning, a joint team of DRG, CAF and local police had gunned down two unidentified ultras in Sanguel village forest under Burgum police station area of Bastar.

The operation was conducted based on the input that a group of rebels was heading towards Bastanar valley after crossing Indravati river to receive a top Maoist leader, police had said.

However, relatives of the deceased had later alleged that their sons were killed in a fake encounter and demanded a high-level probe into it.

The two youths, who had been killed, were identified as Sonaku Ram (16), son of Payaku Kashyap, and Bijlu (19-20 yrs) son of Naugu, both residents of village Gauda under Barsoor police station, Baghel said.

Fathers and other relatives of both the youths were also present during the press conference held at the Congress office.

“A fact-finding team of Congress legislators from Bastar, including Dantewada MLA Devti Karma, had yesterday visited the region to take stock of the incident,” he said.

Briefing about the details of the report of the team, Baghel claimed, both the young boys, who were from the same extended family, had gone to Sanguel village under Burgum police station on September 23, to inform their aunt, Mase, about the demise of a six-year-old child in their family.

“They decided to spend the night at Sanguel itself. While they were sleeping in the wee hours, security forces entered the house and dragged out the two boys, in full view of their families. After some time, their relatives heard the gunshot and later the dead bodies of the two were found,” Baghel said.

As per documents, Sonaku studied in Pota Cabin school till last year, while Bijlu was also a student, he added.