OHRC asks DIG to probe killings in Kalahandi

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Human Rights Commission today directed the Deputy Inspector General of Police of South Western Range to probe the death of three persons allegedly in firing by security personnel during an anti-Maoist operation in Kalahandi district yesterday.

“The commission today issued the direction to the DIG and asked him to investigate into the causes of deaths of three persons and injury of two others,” an OHRC official told.

The OHRC gave this direction after admitting a petition from human rights activists and asked the DIG to submit a report to it within four weeks.

Three villagers including a ward member were killed and two minor boys injured after being allegedly caught in a cross-fire between security forces and Maoists in the Karlapat forest in Kalahandi district on Sunday evening.

One of the injured boys said they had gone inside the forest in search of their missing goats when the incident took place.