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Supreme Court orders to constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) on “Edesmetta massacre 2013 in Chhattisgarh ”

Date : 04/05/2019

The honourable Supreme Court ordered to constitute a Special Investigation team (SIT) of the CBI officials not belonging to Chhattisgarh cadre to investigate the Edesmetta massacre of May 2013 where 8 tribal including 4 children were killed in cold blood by the security forces.
A Writ Petition (CRL) No. 162 of 2013 was filed by DEGREE PRASAD CHOUHAN against the killing of eight civilian in Chhattisgarh in 2013. The Supreme Court order was passed in the matters of Degree Prasad Chouhan Vs. The State of Chhattisgarh and ANR on 3rd May 2019 by Division Bench of the Supreme Court headed by Hon’ble Mr. Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Hon’ble Mr. Justice M.R. Shah.

From the Petitioner(s) side Mr. Colin Gonsalves, Senior Advocate; Mr. Degree Prasad Chouhan, Advocate, Kishore Narayan, Advocate.; Ms. Jyoti Mendiratta have represented the case in the Supreme Court.
For Respondent (s), Mr. Tushar Mehta, Sg; Mr. Shiv Mangal Sharma, Adv.; Mrs. Akansha Kaul, Adv. Mr. Krishna Prasad, AOR have represented in the Supreme Court.
For the State of Chhatisgarh, Mr. Sumeer Sodhi, AOR; Mr Arjun Nanda, Adv.; Mr. Anish Tiwari, Advocate have represented this case in the Supreme Court.
One of the shocking incidents of May 2013 shootout in Chattisgarh which is known as “Edesmetta massacre”, 8 civilian villagers were killed of which 4 were children (two are below ten years) and 4 civilian villagers were injured, of which one was a ten year-old children. Another Security forces was also killed during the cross-firing between the security forces as reported by villagers.
Names of the people killed by the CRPF firing were (i) Karam Pandu (35yr), (ii) Punem Sonu (30yr) , (iii) Karam Somlu( 35yr) , (iv) Karam Joga(35yr), and four were children- (v) Karam Guddu (10), Karam Masa (16), (vi) Punam Lakku(15), and (viii) Karam Budru (8)
Earlier, a judicial inquiry had been ordered by the state government to be headed by VK. Agarwal.

The petitioner of the case, Mr. Degree Prasad Chouhan, Advocate says “This is a landmark judgement given by the Honourable Supreme Court of India to investigate the unfortunate massacre of eight civilian including four children by the security forces in the state of Chattisgarh in 2013. We are hopeful that the SIT will bring justice for those people who had been killed and will punish the responsible security personals and it will restore the rule of law”


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