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Kandhamal Gumudumaha Fake Encounter:Judicial Commission Submits Report To Odisha Govt

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17 March 2018

Soumya Ranjan Sahoo

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Bhubaneswar: The Judicial Commission of Inquiry on the 2016 Kandhamal Gumudumaha Fake Maoist Encounter by Police on Saturday submitted its 104- page report to the Odisha Home Department.

Kandhamal District Judge Janab Mohammed Ajmal submitted his 104-page report on the Gumudumaha Fake Encounter of July 8, 2016 in which 5 innocent villagers where killed including 3 women and a child.

While the Commssion of Inquiry was constituted on July 22, 2016 by Odisha Government, 20 witnesses have deposed before the Commission through their respective affidavits.

Hearing of the Gumudumaha fake encounter began in April 2017 by Justice Janab Mohammed Ajmal Commission of Inquiry at the Phulbani District & Sessions Judge Court in Kandhamal district.

Notably on July 8 night in 2017, a squad of the Special Operation Group (SOG) gunned down five tribals in Gumudumaha during an anti-Maoist operation. While State Police claimed that the tribals were caught in the crossfire with Maoists, the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) claimed that it was not a crossfire.

Villagers had said they were sitting in the auto-rickshaw when firing started all of a sudden.

They shouted that they were not Maoists, but the firing continued for 15 minutes, claiming lives of five persons including three women and a child.

Following this, the State Government had on July 22 appointed the District & Sessions Judge of Kandhamal, Janab Mohammad Ajmal as the Commission of Inquiry and Bijaya Krushna Pattnaik as the Special Prosecutor.

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Justice Janab Mohammed Ajmal, Gumudumaha Judicial Commission