Salwa Judum: Two months after NHRC order, villagers yet to get Rs 5 lakh

Written by Gargi Verma
| Kondasawali (sukma) |

Published: February 20, 2020 3:12:10 am

Villagers of Kondasawali say don’t want compensation, but water, school. (Express photo by Gargi Verma)

AROUND 500 km from the Chhattisgarh state capital, and past several CRPF camps, lies Kondasawali, a village in Sukma district fringed by the Bailadila hills, home to high-grade minerals and thus conflict.

It’s here that seven people were killed in 2009, allegedly by Special Police Officers of the Salwa Judum, a government-backed militia formed in 2007 to take on the Maoists. Eleven years after the incident and six years after the first complaints in the case were filed, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in December 2019 ordered the state government to pay a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to each of the families of those killed. But two months after the NHRC order, the villagers are yet to get the compensation money.

Villagers even say they haven’t heard of the NHRC order. “We haven’t heard of any compensation. No one came to the village to tell us about this,” said Sundam Sannu, a former sarpanch and one of those who filed complaints against the killings of 2009.

In Kondasawali, a village of around 300 people spread across four hamlets and whose only…

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