Nearly four years after the brutal murder of Meena Khalkho in Sarguja district of Chhattisgarh, an inquiry commission has confirmed that Meena was in fact killed by a police bullet. The Anita Jha judicial inquiry commission, set up in July 2012, over a year after the alleged “encounter”, has only just placed its report before the State Cabinet. The report makes no definite comment on the fact that Meena was not a naxalite, and was killed in a fake encounter, despite the emphatic testimonies of her family and people from the village.
Chhattisgarh Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Ajay Chandrakar said, “The commission has concluded that Meena Khalkho died of a bullet fired from a police weapon.” The government will now ask the State Crime Investigation Department to investigate the case further.
In 2013, WSS conducted a fact finding to look into the case. Below is a video documenting the evidence and testimonies that were collected.