EX-IG HAS ‘AGREED TO COME’ JNU Pre­par­ing to Host Kal­luri at its Au­gust 15 Event

He is def­i­nitely com­ing, we are in process of fi­nal­is­ing events on that day: Bud­dha Singh

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Aan­chal.Bansal@ times­group.com

New Delhi: SRP Kal­luri, for­mer in­spec­tor gen­eral of Bas­tar known for con­trol­ling armed Maoist in­sur­gency in the area dur­ing his ten­ure, is likely to at­tend In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tions at Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity on Au­gust 15.

This comes months af­ter Kal­luri ad­dressed a con­tro­ver­sial seminar at the In­dian in­sti­tute of Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion (IIMC), less than a kilo­me­tre from JNU, where a group of stu­dents had staged a protest.

“He is def­i­nitely com­ing,” said a s s i s t a n t p r o f e s s o r Bud­dha Singh, con­firm­ing Kal­luri has ac­cepted an in­vi­ta­tion from a group of stu­dents and fac­ulty mem­bers. “We are in the process of co­or­di­nat­ing with his se­cu­rity of­fi­cers to en­sure his smooth en­try into the cam­pus,” he told ET.

A 1994-batch IPS of­fi­cer, Kal­luri is of­ten cred­ited with con­trol­ling armed Maoist in­sur­gency in Bas­tar dur­ing his ten­ure by wean­ing away trib­als from the rebels, ‘em­pow­er­ing’ lo­cals to speak out against vi­o­lence, and with in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment. “He has dealt with over 800 cases of Nax­als and con­trol­ling Mao­ism in Ch­hat­tis­garh, it is a mat­ter of pride,” said Singh who is also the dean of stu­dents’ wel­fare at JNU.

Kal­luri, how­ever, is also ac­cused of con­duct­ing fake en­coun­ters and tar­get­ing hu­man rights lawyers, tribal lead­ers and ac­tivists dur­ing his ten­ure and it is this rep­u­ta­tion of his that sparked off protests by some fac­ulty mem­bers and stu­dents of IIMC when he was in­vited to ad­dress a me­dia seminar on ‘na­tion­al­is­tic jour­nal­ism’. Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion (NHRC) had re­cently pulled up the Ch­hat­tis­garh gov­ern­ment for hu­man rights vi­o­la­tion in the state and re­leased a re­port on 16 tribal women who were raped and phys­i­cally as­saulted by po­lice per­son­nel in restive Bi­japur district dur­ing Kal­luri’s ten­ure.

SE­CU­RITY CO­OR­DI­NA­TION

In­ci­den­tally, Kal­luri had also ac­cused JNU stu­dent Umar Khalid of con­spir­ing against him in Fe­bru­ary 2016 when Khalid men­tioned the blind at­tack on Ch­hat­tis­garh Adi­vasi ac­tivist Soni Sori last year.

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