November 26, 2011

Was Kishenji killed in Fake Encounter?

The killing of top Maoist leader Koteshwar Rao alias Kishenji raised a lot of questions with allegations that he was killed in a fake encounter by the security forces on Thursday night in the forests of West Midnapore in West Bengal.

However, the CRPF refuted the allegations saying the operation was not a fake. The Maoist's killing was questioned after his mother claimed that Kishenji was tortured, and brutally killed.

CRPF Director-General Vijay Kumar has a different story to say claiming it was a clean operation. He said that Kishenji was killed in a clean and successful operation by the security forces in Burisole forest in Jhargram area of West Midnapore district.

However, the Maoists have demanded a probe into the matter. Even Maoist sympathiser Varvara Rao also alleged that Kishenji was killed in a fake encounter. He said that the Maoist leader was arrested two days ago and killed in a fake encounter.

He termed the incident as a murder case seeking an independent probe into the matter. Maoist spokesperson Akash alleged that Kishenji was arrested in the presence of other Maoist members and later killed in cold blood.

Meanwhile, CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta has written a letter to the Home Minister P Chidambaram saying the encounter appears to be fake and the matter should be probed and the government should clarify it.

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