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Naxal encounter: Chhattisgarh govt orders probe by HC judge

July 05, 2012 22:38 IST

The Chhattisgarh government on Thursday ordered a judicial probe into last week's encounter in Dantewada, in which at least 20 suspected Naxals were killed.

There have been allegations that innocent villagers, including women and children, were among those slain.

The decision to order judicial probe was taken at the Cabinet meeting on Thursday evening, a government spokesperson said.

A sitting judge of the Chhattisgarh high court will probe the encounter that took place near Basaguda in Bijapur district on the intervening night of June 28 and 29. It was a joint operation by the Central Reserve Police Force and the state police.

Earlier, the state government had ordered only a magisterial probe.

Apart from the issue of genuineness of the encounter, the judicial probe would also look into whether the security forces had made necessary preparations before going into the area, and whether the encounter could have been averted.

Official sources quoted Chief Minister Raman Singh as saying that there was no pressure for initiating a judicial probe.

"The state government wants a free and fair investigation to clear the confusion prevailing at the state and national level over the encounter," he said.

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