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Body of raped tribal girl exhumed for second post-mortem

The dead body of a tribal girl from Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, who was allegedly raped and killed and branded a Maoist by the police, was exhumed on Saturday. A second post-mortem was conducted as ordered by the Bilaspur high court.

The police had claimed that Madkam Hidme (16), an alleged member of Kistaram area platoon of the Maoists, was killed in an “encounter” on June 13, a claim disputed by the girl’s family.

The family members and the Aam Adami Party (AAP) leaders had moved the Bilaspur High Court accusing the police of “rape and murder” of Madkam Hidme. As ordered by the High Court, the dead body was exhumed in the presence of the family members of the girl, and advocate Nihal Singh Rathod.

The post-mortem was conducted at Maharani Hospital in Jagadalpur district headquarters of Bastar.

However, the advocate and the family members were not present when the second post-mortem was conducted on Saturday. The body was identified by AAP leader Sanket Thakur who is a co-petitioner in the case.

The alleged encounter has become an embarrassment for the State government.

The leader of Opposition in Chhattisgarh assembly T.S. Singh Deo has written to the Chief Minister demanding a judicial inquiry into the case, and former CM Ajit Jogi has warned of “direct battle” to give justice to Hidme.

“Her mother has claimed Hidme’s body bore two bullet injuries, but the photo released by the police clearly shows that there were no blood stains on the Maoist uniform she was shown to be wearing. The first post-mortem was video recorded by the authorities but they did not produce it before the court,” alleged Mr. Sanket Thakur.


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