BILASPUR: The Chhattisgarh High Court today began preliminary hearing of a PIL seeking judicial probe of an alleged fake encounter in which a tribal girl was killed by police in Sukma district last week.
The division bench of Chief Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjay K Agrawal asked the girl's parents to file an affidavit about their version of the incident, said the petitioner's lawyer Amarnath Pandey. According to police, Madkam Hidme was a Naxal and was killed in a gun fight between rebels and police in Gompad village in Sukma on June 13. Aam Aadmi Party's state convener Sanket Thakur filed the PIL claiming that she was not a Naxal and the encounter was fake.
Thakur has demanded a special investigation team and a judicial inquiry, along with compensation of Rs 20 lakh for the family. Advocate Rajni Soren, who also appeared for the petitioner, said, "When we informed the court that the parents of the girl were also present today, it asked them to present their side on an affidavit. Court posted the hearing for tomorrow."