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Civilians killed in fake encounter, says Congess

Bangalore, July 12 (UNI) The Opposition Congress in the Legislative Council today charged the Karnataka police with killing innocent people in fake encounters by branding them as naxals.

Speaking on a preliminary submission after submitting adjournment motion seeking detailed discussion on the failure of the state government in protecting innocent tribals living in Western Ghats which was affected by naxal menace, Opposition Leader H K Patil charged that five people were killed in an fake encounter by the police at Menasinahadya Village yesterday.

Mr Patil alleged the state government which failed to implement various welfare measures in the naxal-affected areas in Shimoga, Chickmagalur, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts, was now targeting innocent people in the guise of eradicating the naxals.

All the villagers of Menasinahadya had expressed anguish over the killing of four innocents and did not even allow the police to remove the bodies from the scene.

Mr V R Sudarshan (Cong) termed the incident as most unfortunate and condemned police action which resulted in the killing of four innocent people.V S Ugrappa, Ms Motamma, D S Putte Gowda, Prathap Chandra Shetty (all Cong) also condemned the killings.

The Congress members also charged the state government with treating the naxalism as a law and order rather than a socio-economic problem.

The government also failed to implement the recommendations of the Chiranjeevi Singh Committee to announce a special development package for the Malnad Region in four districts, they charged.

Minister for Higher Education and Leader of the House D H Shankaramurthy, opposing the adjournment motion said the naxal activities in Chickmagalur and other districts should be seen as law and order problem.

The naxals had killed three persons, damaged public properties and also indulged in looting the people living in the area.

Mr Sachidananda Khot, Deputy Chairman of the House, who was in the chair, ruled the motion was converted into Rule 68 and disallowed the adjournment motion.

Yesterday, five people were gunned down in an encounter with the police in Menasinahadya Village. Locals alleged one was a CPI (Maoist) member and the other civilians killed in the crossfire between the naxals and the police.


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posted by Resistance 7/12/2007 10:14:00 AM,


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