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Martyrs dishonoured in death: Rajnath orders investigation

A day after uniforms of slain CRPF jawans were found at a garbage dump close to a Raipur hospital in Chhattisgarh, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday expressed his shock and asked state Chief Minister Raman Singh to initiate a probe into the matter. On December 1, 14 CRPF personnel, including two officers, were killed in an encounter with Maoists in Sukma district. Their bodies were sent to Ambedkar Hospital in Raipur for post-mortem examinations and later their uniforms were found dumped in the backyard of the hospital premises.

Facing criticism, Rajnath Singh tweeted saying, “Spoke to Chhattisgarh CM @drramansingh regarding the insult of CRPF martyrs’s uniform and asked him to institute an inquiry into this incident.” Singh, in another tweet said, “I have asked the Chhattisgarh CM to fix the responsibility in this case and punish those involved in insulting the uniform of the deceased CRPF men.”

The Chhattisgarh government has already ordered a magisterial probe into the recovery of blood stained uniforms and shoes of CRPF personnel killed in recent Naxal ambush in Sukma.“Chief Minister Raman Singh has taken the matter of throwing the uniforms of the martyred personnel in the garbage dump in the medical college hospital premises seriously and ordered a magisterial investigation into it,” a statement issued by the Chhattisgarh government read.

Acting Central Reserve Police Force Chief RC Tayal said a DIG level inquiry would be conducted by the inspector general of the state and a report would be submitted soon. Suspecting that the act could be the handiwork of some local political leaders, Tayal said, “We have ordered an inquiry to find out how it happened. Serious action will be taken against the guilty.”

The uniform worn by combat soldiers were handed over to local police and not to the kin for further investigation.
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