Written by Gargi Verma
| Teklagudam (chhattisgarh) |
April 7, 2021 4:44:51 am
ON TUESDAY, Mangdu Barse, 20, lay on a cot within the awning of his hut with bruised lips; he pulled the decrease lip down, slowly, to show 4 lacking enamel.
In Teklagudam village, the epicenter of the gunbattle between Maoists and safety forces on Saturday, Barse was one of many few who stayed again until late, and was allegedly overwhelmed up by police personnel, an allegation the police chief mentioned he would look into.
“After we noticed the police personnel strategy, we locked ourselves in our homes. Those that didn’t bought overwhelmed up. After a number of hours, we heard the noise of heavy firing and we fled,” mentioned Bhima Korsa, 29, one other resident of Teklagudam.
Bastar I-G P Sundarraj mentioned he would look into the allegations. “We have now no data of villagers being focused, our forces had been engaged in fight with Maoists. I’ll look into the allegations,” he advised The Indian Specific.
On Saturday, the 150 or so villagers of Teklagudam escaped into the forest, after which to Poovarti, round half-hour from the village on the opposite aspect of hills – they mentioned they had been fearful about being caught within the crossfire between police and the Maoists.
Teklagudam was the primary web site of the encounter, sources mentioned. The Maoists then chased police personnel outwards – in the direction of Jhiragaon, hardly 1 km from Teklagudam, the place 14 our bodies of safety personnel had been discovered on Sunday. Twenty-two personnel misplaced their lives; 31 had been injured within the assault.
“A few of us went to Poovarti, some solely went contained in the jungles. We returned solely on Monday, after the safety personnel had left the realm,” Ramesh Korsa, 17, mentioned. Korsa, a faculty pupil in Jagargunda, mentioned he was among the many previous couple of to flee.
Whereas the village was abandoned when The Indian Specific visited on Sunday, it had most of its inhabitants again on Tuesday. The younger males mentioned they’re terrified of police retaliation.
Mangdu Barse had ventured out of his home to select forest produce on Saturday. He claimed he was overwhelmed up by the police with rods and gun butts.