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Odisha CM orders SIT probe into Kandhamal killing

Officials brief CM Naveen Patnaik at State Secretariat
Bhubaneswar, July 11: A day before the Central team led by National Commission for Scheduled Tribe Chairman Dr Rameshwar Oraon arrive in Odisha to probe the killing of five tribals in a crossfire between security forces and Maoists in Kandhamal district on Tuesday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Mondya announced a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the case.

Patnaik announced this after reviewing the incident with Chief Secretary AP Padhi, Home Secretary Asit Tripathy, DGP KB Singh and Director, Intelligence Sunil Roy.
The DGP briefed the Chief Minister about the mishap.

“For a thorough and impartial probe into the incident, I have directed that the investigation of the case will be done by a Special Investigation Team of the State Human Rights Protection Cell to be monitored and supervised by an officer of the rank of Additional DG. If anyone found of negligent conduct after probe, we shall take stringent action,” Patnaik told reporters after taking stock of the situation.

The Chief Minister also directed the DGP to have a detailed review and apply required correctives so that such incident is not repeated in future in anti naxalite operations.

He also stressed that his Government is always concerned for the ST, SC and the deprived sections of the society.

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