President Pranab Mukherjee is said to have expressed his displeasure and concern over the slow progress of inquiry into the alleged massacre of 20 tribal people, including seven children, in the age group of 12-14 years, in the anti-Maoist operation carried out by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) commandos at Karseguda village of Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh on June 28 last.

According to social activist Swami Agnivesh, the President conveyed this to him on Monday when the former met him here at Rashtrapati Bhavan to complain about Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt’s “dereliction of duty and failure” to keep Mr. Mukherjee informed about various incidents in the State, including the rape of school girls by a teacher and a watchman.

Seeking the sacking of the Governor for not bothering to visit the affected places or sending his report to the President as per Schedule 5 of the Constitution, Swami Agnivesh pointed out to him that though three inquiries — one by the local subdivisional magistrate, another by the CRPF’s internal probe, and a judicial probe by the State government — had been ordered into the merciless firing incident, nothing had come out of them.