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Case Against DU, JNU Professors: Chhattisgarh Police Wants CID Probe

The inspector general of Bastar has written a letter requesting CID probe.

10/11/2016 8:20 AM IST | Updated 10/11/2016 8:22 AM IST
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A group of Indian tribe sit in open at a camp in Dornapal in Chhattisgarh, India March 8, 2006. More than 45,000 people have left their homes to live in camps run by the Salwa Judum, but have just bows and arrows to defend themselves against the rebels' guns and explosives. Picture taken March 8, 2006. REUTERS/Kamal Kishore

RAIPUR -- Chhattisgarh Police on Wednesday transferred to the CID, the case of tribal man's murder in Sukma district, in which two women professors — one from Delhi University and other from JNU — have been booked along with Maoists and other activists.

"We have transferred the case to the state CID following a recommendation made by Bastar police (in this regard)," Chhattisgarh Director General of Police AN Upadhyay told PTI.

Inspector General of Police (Bastar Range), SRP Kalluri, in a letter to the DGP, recommended Crime Investigation Department probe into the murder of Shamnath Baghel, who was allegedly killed by armed Maoists at his native village Nama on the night of November 4.

A case was registered against Delhi University Professor Nandini Sundar, JNU Professor Archana Prasad, CPI (Marxist) Chhattisgarh Secretary Sanjay Parate, Vineet Tiwari of Delhi's Joshi Adhikari Institute of Social Studies, and others along with Maoists in the case based on the complaint lodged by the victim's wife.

In the letter written to the DGP, Kalluri said, "Since DU Professor Nandini Sundar has been levelling personal allegations against me via several media reports, I recommend to hand over the case to CID for a transparent investigation."

The IG's recommendation for CID probe comes after a letter was written by Sukma SP Indira Kalyan Elesela earlier in the day, requesting him for a CID probe in the case.

The SP had also claimed that Sundar in her statement to media was making "false allegations" against the police and trying to malign the image of the department.

"It would be appropriate that the case be transferred to CID for further investigation to maintain transparency," the SP said in the letter.

Thereafter, Kalluri wrote to the DGP requesting him for the CID probe.

Meanwhile, Elesela told PTI that teams have been formed and sent to Delhi for further investigation into the case.

"Investigation teams have been constituted and dispatched to Delhi. It's a very sensitive issue and we will explore all the angles into it," Elesela said.

The accused in the case have been booked under IPC sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 302 (murder), 450 (house trespass in order to commit offence), 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy); and relevant sections of the Arms Act, and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

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