GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS
STARRED QUESTION NO.53*
TO BE ANSWERED ON THE 3RD AUGUST, 2011/SRAVANA 12, 1933 (SAKA)
Policemen Killed in a Maoist Landmine Blast in Chhattisgarh
*53. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of HOME AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
(a) Whether it is a fact that the bodies of martyred policemen killed in a Maoist landmine blast in Chhattisgarh were ferried in a garbage dumper truck to their home;
(b) If so, whether Government has taken up the issue with the State Government of Chhattisgarh;
(c) If so, what is the response received from the State Government;
(d) Whether any action has been taken against the errant officers responsible for this shocking incident; and
(e) If so, the details thereof?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS
(SHRI JITENDRA SINGH)
(a) To (e): A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.
STATEMENT IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) TO (e) OF THE RAJYA SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO.53 FOR 03.08.2011.
(a) To (c): On the basis of media reports, the Ministry of Home Affairs had taken up with the State Government of Chhattisgarh , the alleged matter of ferrying of dead – bodies of policemen (killed in landmine blasts) in a garbage truck. The State Government has informed that 3 police personnel were killed and 4 injured in a landmine blast near Patelpara under Police Station Kirandul, district – Dantewada on 26.06.2011. The next day, after postmortem, the dead bodies of martyrs were brought from Kirandul to Dantewada Police Lines to pay homage and for guard of honour in a Municipal Corporation’s truck used for various purposes like carrying workers, electric equipments, construction materials etc., since no ambulance was available at Kirandul. A police vehicle was not used because of the apprehension of being targeted by a landmine blast. The State Government has further informed that from Dantewada Police lines, the dead bodies were sent in separate vehicles to respective destinations.
(d) To (e): An enquiry has been ordered by the State Government into this matter. The Reserve Inspector of Dantewada District has been transferred out of the District.