To begin with, an NIA court in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada on Sunday absolved 121 ethnical villagers incarcerated for the past five years for reputedly abetting Maoist revolutionary in the 2017 ambush near Burkapal village in which 26 CRPF labour force were murdered.

Meanwhile, the court scrutinized that no evidence or statements recorded were sufficient to establish the indicted Adivasi folks, most of them were in their 20s and 30s at that time, singled out from six isolated and forested villages in Sukma district were involved in the crime or were Maoists.

NIA court special judge perceives that the prosecution had been deficient to prove arms and cartridges had been found

NIA court special judge Deepak Kumar Deshlahare perceived that the prosecution had been deficient to prove arms and cartridges were found from the indicted villagers at the time of imprisonment or that they were present at the spot when the Maoists ambushed the CRPF team. 

NIA Court

Chhattisgarh police sources said the NIA court order would be examined to decide if the case should be appealed in a higher court. Police had charged these 121 people from a huddle of villages, Burkapal, Gondapalli, Chintagufa, Talmetla, Koraigundum and Tonguda with abetting the Maoists in the ambush on April, 24, 2017.

It was one of the life-threatening in the Bastar area, contemplated as a Maoist stronghold, since the killing of 76 security work force in a 2010 ambush. The incarcerated villagers didn’t greet their absolution with joy, rather they exhibited no countenance. They retorted five years in confinement had converted them into stone. 

The Burkapal case will be recalled as a representation of the dreadful injustices being done to the tribals

Moreover, human rights activist Bela Bhatia tweeted a statement of Hemla Ayatu, which said: “I was picked up by police force from Sukma. I lost everything. I have committed no wrong. I have no words to explain my ache in imprisonment for five years.” After his exoneration, Ayatu reported to news reporters that he had not seen his wife since he was indicted a few days after their wedding ceremonies. “The Burkapal case will be recalled as a representation of the dreadful injustices being done to the trivals of Bastar in the name of anti-Maoist functionings.”

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