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Never named Nandini Sundar or anyone, says wife of tribal murdered in Bastar

"There were 15-20 men... I did not know any of them. I could not see them properly as they flashed a torch at me. They did not say a word. They took him and killed him on the road."
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In case of murder of a tribal villager, the police had charged Nandini Sundar, Delhi University professor among others for murder charges on the basis of wife’s statement, but the wife has now denied mentioning any name.

The case is of November 4, when Shamnath Baghel was killed in an attack by Maoists and Nandini Sundar, Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Archana Prasad along with 8 others had been accused of Murder. The reports had informed that police said, “As per the complaint lodged by the victim’s wife, her husband had been getting threats from Maoists since he and other villagers had complained against Nandini Sundar in May. Even armed ultras were referring to that complaint and anti-Maoist demonstrations while attacking Baghel on Friday.”

However, in the latest endeavor NDTV has reported that the Vimla, wife of Baghel, has said that she didn’t name Nandini Sundar or anyone at all, even the killers.

Reportedly, she said that the family was sleeping on November 4, when the Maoists knocked on their door.

“When I did not open the door, they broke it down. They barged in and dragged my husband out of the house. They had guns, swords…They pointed a gun at me and asked me to stay inside. There were 15-20 men… I did not know any of them. I could not see them properly as they flashed a torch at me. They did not say a word. They took him and killed him on the road,” she said.

Did they take the name of Nandini Sundar? “No,” she said, adding that she gave no names to the police, NDTV reported.

Sundar had also denied allegations, blaming police of vendetta and intimidation. The reports claimed outrage over Sundar along with other activists being named in the First Information Report on the murder of Baghel, who had been claimed to be a part of an anti-maoist vigilante group in his village.

A police officer, SRP Kalluri had earlier said, “The victim’s wife has alleged that Nandini and other workers held meetings in the area and that was provocative. There were threats received that Baghel will be eliminated if he doesn’t mend his ways.”

However, Vimla Baghel’s one-page statement released by the police described the attack and repeatedly named the attackers. It also said that her husband had shouted at his attackers, who had then accused him of trying to block Sundar’s visits.

The Chhattisgarh government told the Supreme Court today that it will not arrest the professors at least until the case is heard on Tuesday.

Picture Courtesy: NDTV

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