Panel suggests withdraw of 91 cases against tribals in naxal

areas Raipur, Mar 8 (PTI) The committee set up to review offences lodged against tribals in naxal-hit areas of Chhattisgarh has recommended withdrawal of 91 such cases in eight districts.

During a meeting held on March 7 and 8, the Justice (retired) AK Patnaik committee reviewed 234 cases registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and other Acts against people belonging to the Scheduled Tribe (ST) community in Bastar, Dantewada, Kanker, Narayanpur, Sukma, Bijapur, Kondagaon and Rajnandgaon districts, an official statement said.

The panel has recommended withdrawal of 91 cases from the prosecution, it said.

Of these cases, the panel recommended to resolve 81 cases through the 'Plea of Bargaining' under Section 265 (A) of the CrPC, it said.

In October, 2019, the committee recommended withdrawal of 313 cases registered under the Chhattisgarh Excise Act against tribals in the above eight naxal-affected districts.

'The decision to withdraw prosecution in 404 cases has been taken by the panel in the past six months,' the release said.

According to officials, soon after the formation of the Congress government in the state in December 2018, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel decided to review the police cases lodged against tribals from insurgency-hit areas, particularly Bastar region, while expressing concern over harassment faced by them.

Accordingly, a seven-member review committee led by Justice (retired) Patnaik was constituted on March 8 last year. PTI TKP NSK NSK