Dogs like you should be stoned, Bastar IG told activists supporting Bela Bhatia
Bhatia had alleged that she was threatened by a mob of men who asked her to vacate her house immediately, failing which they will set the house ablaze.
In yet another demonstration of predicament of Chhattisgarh, a day after activist Bela Bhatia was hounded to leave her house in Bastar, activists and lawyers now claim that they have received abusive messages from Bastar’s Inspector General named SRP Kalluri, who called them ‘dogs’ and said they should be ‘stoned out of bastar’.
According to NDTV, activists claimed that they were sent the abusive messages because they asked Kalluri to intervene in Bela Bhatia’s case, who has been working to expose alleged abuse in the district by security forces.
Bhatia had alleged that she was threatened by a mob of men who asked her to vacate her house immediately, failing which they will set the house ablaze. Activists claimed that the men who intimidated Bhatia had the backing of the police and of Kalluri who has a controversial record.
In a message to Kalluri this Tuesday, Sandeep Singh, an activist wrote "This can't go (on for) long. You are not above the constitution. Don't sell your conscience for money." He claims he received a response from Kalluri which said, "Maoists and their dogs like you will be stoned out of Bastar. Beware."
NDTV also accessed the exchange of messages between Pyoli Swatija, a Supreme Court lawyer with the top cop.
“Please ensure Bela Bhatia is not hounded out of her residence," Swatija wrote.
"Naxals will be kicked out of Bastar," Kalluri allegedly responded.
"What does your answer have to do with my query?” she texted back.
The only response she received was a curt “F U” (short for fu** you).
Bhatia had left her house but refused to leave Bastar without completing her work.
"A group of 30 or so men came on motorbikes and SUV and threatened their way inside the house. They said I would have to vacate this place immediately or they will set the house ablaze. I went inside the house and called the collector who then sent the police," Bhatia had told the media.
She said the mob was agitated even after the police reached the spot. "I will leave this house only since my landlord had been pressurised, but I will not leave Bastar. I have requested the collector to provide a safe place for me," Bhatia added.
However, the Chhattisgarh police said in a statement had said that 15 police personnel, including four women, led by sub-inspector Kripal Singh Gautam have been deputed for Bhatia's security.
Bhatia was amongst the people who had accompanied a National Human Rights Commission team to villages of Bijapur two days ago to record the statements of alleged rape victims.
Early this month, the NHRC had sent a notice to the state government over alleged rape, sexual and physical assault of 16 women by the state police personnel in Bastar division (in October 2015 and January 2016), observing that the government is "vicariously liable" for it.