Bijapur:In a sensational case, villagers of LWE-affected Bijapur district have alleged that jawans lifted some minor students on the charge of naxalism and sent them to jail. Demanding the release of the minor students, hundreds of villagers from Todka and Palnagar gathered at Gangalur panchayatbhawan and staged demonstration even though it was raining. According to information, demonstration was going on till filing this report. The villagers warned of intensifying their agitation and continue it till the minor students are released.
The villagers alleged that the jawans lifted three students from different hostels a few days back. A DRG jawan had lifted a class X student from a Bijapur school on August 11 and out him in the jail on the charge of naxalims. This minor student belongs to Todkavillage of the district. Similarly, the villagers claimed that the CRPF jawans took two boys studying in Class 5th and 8th respectively from Pota Cabin of Cherpal village on August 28. While one is 12 years old, the other is 15 and both belong to Savnar village.
The villagers submitted a memorandum to the Bijapur tehsildar highlighting the issue, addressing the Governor of Chhattisgarh. The villagers mentioned in the memorandum that the police jawans often harassing the minor boys. A feeling of insecurity among the children has developed due to the aforementioned incident, the villagers said in the memorandum. It has become difficult for the parents to convince their children for study, they said. Meanwhile, Bastar IG Sundarraj P said that an inquiry into the allegation is being done and he will be in a position to say on the matter after the inquiry.
\Situation was tense since early morning on Friday
As villagers in large numbers stage a demanding the release of the minor boys, situation turned out to be tense in Ganglursince early Friday morning. The villagers had also warned of continuing their demonstration if minor students are not released. It was said that people from adjoining villages might join the protest.