High Court Chhattisgarh orders judicial probe into tribal girl encounter

Chhattisgarh high court on Tuesday this week ordered a judicial probe into the death of Madkam Hidme, the woman who was allegedly stamped as a Maoist and killed in an alleged encounter in Gompadgaon under Konta police station of Sukma district.

The district and sessions judge of Dantewada will head the probe. After Hidme's death, state AAP convener Sanket Thakur filed a writ petition in Chhatisgarh high court arguing that Madkam Hidme was not a Maoist as plugged by security forces.

She was a normal village girl. Police, however, abducted her and she was shot at, at least 20 times. Thakur further alleged in his petition that after her death, security forces clothed a Maoist uniform on her body. He also alleged that while Hidme's body embedded with several bullet wounds, but there was not a single bullet hole in the uniform that her body wore. Further, the crease of the uniform worn by the body was not even crumpled.

Moreover Hidme's body had slipper and not boots or shoes as usually are worn by Maoists,Thakur argued.

The petitioner also alleged that before being killed, Hidme was raped by security forces.

The petitioner had demanded a compensation of Rs 20 lakh for Hidme's family and also demanded a judicial or an SIT probe into her death. Besides, the petitioner also demanded registration of FIR against the mistaking security personnel.

Following Sanket Thakur's allegations, Hidme's body was exhumed and a second autopsy was carried out after the order issued by High Court on 24th June 2016. The second autopsy was done in front of a forensic team, a team of doctors, family members of the deceased and their advocate. Findings of both the autopsy reports differed from each other.

A double bench headed by chief justice of Chhattisgarh high court Justice Deepak Gupta on Tuesday ordered a judicial probe into the matter.

The probe would be conducted by district and sessions judge of Dantewada Nirmal Minj.

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