DGP denies friendly fire killed constable during naxal encounter

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Bangalore, Nov 26 (UNI) Karnataka police today denied claims that the constable belonging to Home Guard, who was killed in the encounter with the naxalites in Chikmagalur District last week, fell to the bullets from the fellow policemen.

Director General of Police (DGP) R Srikumar said there was no doubt that the constable was killed by the naxalites and not due to friendly fire.

Former Minister and activists B T Lalita Naik had claimed that the constable received a shot in the back of his head and he had fallen to a bullet fired by his own side.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function the DGP said police would inquire into Ms Naik's claim and seek information from her about naxal movement if she had any idea.

''We are seeking information from Ms Naik if she know anything of it. I visited to the spot with other officials. An encounter took place there and police killed three naxals and one of our own men fell to naxals bullets. There is no doubt about it,'' he said.

He said police was investigating that how the naxals got the explosives and fire arms. An inquiry was also on about the missing insurgent, who was said to have escaped from the site of encounter.

''We want to find out where the missing naxal had escaped to,'' he added.

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