The Chhattisgarh government has withdrawn cases against 726 tribals from naxal affected areas, based on the recommendation of a committee, reported The Hindu. As many as 594 cases were registered against these members of tribal communities, as per a Public Relations Department official.
The Committee was formed in March 2019 headed by Justice (retd) AK Patnaik to review police cases filed against tribals in the insurgency areas, especially Bastar. The Hindu reported that the review was a part of the state’s three-pronged strategy of building trust, ensure security and bring development to tribal areas to rid them of left-wing extremism.
The district officials and the police were also given the task to review cases within their jurisdiction and they identified 365 cases against tribals for speedy trials. The Patnaik committee had recommended withdrawal of 626 cases of which 594 have been withdrawn from courts, and the rest are pending withdrawal. The review of cases was a decision taken by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel after he came to power in December 2018.
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