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Nilambur incident: encounter or fake killing?

Nilambur incident: encounter or fake killing?

Edakkara(Malappuram): Murky questions hang over killing of two Maoists in the Nilambur jungles in so-called ‘encounter death’. Though the incident took place on Thursday, the police officials have not divulged the details of the ‘encounter’ so far.

According to the inquest report, one bullet was pierced into Kuppu Devaraj’s body. Ajita, aka Kaveri, Kaveri was hit on the left side of her stomach and on the shoulder.

Interestingly, no personnel of the Thunderbolt force were injured in the incident, according to the details available.

Reacting to the incident, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who is in charge of the home affairs in the state, Friday said the members of the Maoist group have held skirmishes with police. He, however, said: "we are waiting for more information to come."

The media persons were denied entry to the spot where the incident occurred. The way the police treated the media too raised the suspicion about the police claims of an encounter.

On Friday morning, an inquest was conducted and pictures of the dead have now come out, showing both wearing green shirts and trousers.

The shootout took place in the deep forest area and according to police, a third person also was injured, but managed to escape. Police are combing the forests area to locate more members of the group, and even a contingent of Karnataka Police also joined the search operations on Friday.

Meanwhile, Janayugom daily, the mouthpiece of CPI, Saturday carried an editorial saying that it is not suited for a democratic society to breach the human rights on the pretext of the Maoist hunt.

“Every suspicious aspect in the Nilambur incident should be probed. And, that should be brought in the public transparently,” the daily said.

On Friday, Communist Party of India(CPI) state secretary Kanam Rajendran had strongly condemned the shooting down of the two Maoists.

"It's unfortunate that people who speak for the oppressed are being eliminated and that's not the way. The LDF (Left Democratic Front) here should not do what Narendra Modi does," he said.

Terming it State-sponsored murder, P.A. Pouran, state general secretary of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), alleged that it’s a cold-blooded slaughter by the police.

He said it was a shame that such `heinous state terror’ had taken place at a time when Communists were in power.

Activist Grow Vasu said the twin murder was a pre-planned one.

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