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Encounter victims were innocent: Sori

Tribal activist and Aam Aadmi Party leader in Chhattisgarh Soni Sori on Wednesday accused the security forces of killing 15 “innocent civilians” in the name of an anti-Maoist operation in Sukma district of south Chhattisgarh.

Chhattisgarh police claimed to have killed 15 alleged Maoists in an operation in Konta area of Sukma district on Monday.

Special Director General of Police, Anti-Naxal Operations D.M Awasthi said around 20 to 25 “Maoists’ militia members” of three formations were camping near Nalaktong village of Sukma on Monday morning. Out of these, 15 were killed.

However, Ms. Sori alleged that not a single person out of the 15 killed was a Maoist.

“An operation was launched in that area on Sunday. Due to the fear that the security forces will harass them, some villagers gathered at one place on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday.

“On Monday morning, the villagers saw the security forces and panicked. The security forces opened indiscriminate fire on these people…” she told
The Hindu
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