Expressing concern over the exploitation and victimization of tribal people and forest dwellers in Naxal-affected areas, especially in Bastar region, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has taken the decision to review the police cases filed against these people.
In the same sequence, 215 cases registered in seven districts in Bastar division have been withdrawn.
Police officials informed that as per the instructions of Chief Minister, a seven-member review committee under the leadership of Rtd Judge of Supreme Court AK Patnayak was constituted on March 8, 2019.
In the first meeting of the committee, recommendation for withdrawal of 313 cases field against tribal people was made, out of which 215 cases in Bastar division have been withdrawan. 98 case in Rajnandgaon are under consideration.
For the second meeting of this committee, 197 cases have been recommended for withdrawal. Officials informed that IG Bastar and Durg has been directed to send list of cases against tribal people along with the recommendation for withdrawal to Police Headquarters.