Chhindwara firing: Norms flouted in taking SAF personnel for ops

  • Yogendra Pratap Singh, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Sep 26, 2014 16:16 IST

The Chhindwara firing incident, in which two tribals were killed has raised several questions of propriety and norms that ought to have been observed in the operation.

Apparently, norms were flouted in taking Special Armed Force (SAF) personnel with forest department staff but the police headquarters (PHQ) has so far been silent on the issue.

According to PHQ sources, the SAF personnel accompanying forest officials had fired on villagers who were protesting raid of the forest department officials.

"According to rules, 1+ 4 guard (one platoon commander rank officer and four constables) of SAF should move if they were going on for any operation. I am surprised how only two SAF personnel were taken,” said an SAF officer, wishing not to be quoted.

It was claimed that SAF personnel had fired gunshots in an attempt to save a forest official, who was allegedly held hostage by the villagers.

According to information, an entire company led by a company commander of 8th Battalion of SAF, Chhindawara, has been deployed with the forest department to help in a situation like the one witnessed in Gulsi villa.

"We fail to understand why they took just two jawans with them in an operation, which was being carried out in the night. We have to find that out," said in charge of 8th Battalion of SAF, Vinod Kumar Chouhan.

DGP, Nandan Dube said a magisterial inquiry had been ordered in the case. "We are waiting for the inquiry report and action would be taken according to that," he said.

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