The report submission by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to the Supreme Court regarding the naxal problem in Chattisgarh says a lot about the problem that officers face while conducting investigations.
The CBI which is probing the naxal attacks in Dantewada told the Supreme Court that it is extremely difficult conducting an investigation in these areas due to the naxal trouble.
We are walking a thin line between life and death, the CBI submitted to the Supreme Court.
Further the CBI also stated that while trying to investigate the matter, they had even opened up a camp so that the people could come forward and give evidence. However none came forward presumably due to the fear of naxals, the CBI also stated before the Supreme Court.
State has to provide security
It is the duty of the state government to provide security to a CBI team that visit the state. The Supreme Court said that it was the state which needs to give security. We will take your word when you say you will provide security, Justices Madan Lokur and U U Lalit observed.
The CBI team has been facing a host of problems while probing the case. It is not possible to visit 300 witnesses personally and gather evidence and hence the camp had to be conducted.
None turned up, the CBI said. When they attempted to open another camp, there was an intelligence input which suggested a naxal attack and hence the same could not be conducted, the CBI also stated.
The naxals have been brutal while dealing with investigating officers. They have even managed to drill a sense of fear into the minds of the villagers.
Most of the villagers do not testify as there are informers within who tip off the naxals. While Chattisgarh has been battling naxals hard, the problem still persists in the area and several investigators have complained about how the conditions are impossible to work in.