CG High Court directs state to make arrangements for safe return of villagers

CG High Court directs state to make arrangements for safe return of villagers

Raipur: Chhattisgarh High Court has issued notice to the state government, Kondagaon district collector and Superintendent of Police while hearing of a matter of vandalizing the homes of the proselytizing tribal and forcing them to leave the village.

The bench of Justice P Sam Koshy has sought answers from the state government and authorities concerned in this regard and directed them to arrange safe return of the petitioners to their village and to make arrangements for protection of their properties.  

Shivram Poyam, Sukharam Baghel and 16 others families have filed a petition in the High Court stating that they are residents of Kakadabera, Tiliabeda and Singanpur villages in Kondagaon district. In September 2020, they adopted Christianity of his own free will and reported it to the police station. Following a meeting, the villagers attacked them in their homes on September 22 and 23 in which they suffered a major loss of their properties.

On October 12, the victims submitted a memorandum to the district collector and Superintendent of Police to take necessary action in this regard. After this, on October 14, Shivram Poyam and others were arrested. Subsequently, the SDM court granted them bail. Later, Shivram was again arrested for spreading communal anger, but was again granted bail by a judicial magistrate. The villagers intimidated the petitioners that they had to leave the village. Due to panic, they are unable to return to their homes.