Chhattisgarh Government has registered a criminal case involving murder against academics Prof. Nandini Sunder of Delhi University and Prof. Archana Prasad along with some others who had investigated human rights abuses in Bastar and Dantewada districts of Chhattisgarh. The team visited these areas during May, 2016. The team was accused of supporting Maoists and the State Home Minister had branded them anti-national. The fact is that the academicians were investigating into violence unleashed on tribals by a vigilante group enjoying patronage and protection by the police and the government.
These academicians are framed by the state police for their alleged role in murder of Shyam Nath Baghel of Nama village in the name of the wife of the deceased. This is obviously at the instance of the police officers. This is a crude attempt to harass and intimidate anyone who question police narrative and bring to the public domain the atrocities and violence unleashed by state sponsored vigilante groups on poor tribals in the name of combating Naxalites. Police in Chhattisgarh operates with impunity, has become a law unto itself and the Govt. has been openly supporting and encouraging police atrocities against the people. Govt. and the senior police officials do not tolerate anyone who question their acts or even investigate their conduct.… Read More