CLC demands judicial probe into encounter
Hyderabad: Terming the police encounter on Andhra-Odisha Border on October 24 in which over 30 Maoists were gunned down as fake, the Civil Liberties Committee (CLC) of Telangana on Thursday demanded an inquiry by a judicial commission headed by a sitting Supreme Court judge.
Addressing a press conference, the CLC leaders Prof G Laxman (President), V Raghunath (Vice-President), N.Narayana Rao (General Secretary) and P M Raju (City President) expressed grave concern over the safety and the whereabouts of some top Maoist leaders, including Ramakrishna alias RK. Their fate has remained unknown since the encounter nearly a fortnight ago, they said. Fearing threat to the Maoist leaders’ lives, the CLC leaders stressed the need for producing them before the judiciary immediately.
The CLC leaders painted a graphic picture of the conditions of the slain Maoists based on the photographs from the encounter site and also from the explanation of the DGP of AP State. They alleged that the Maoists were killed after subjecting them to inhuman and barbaric torture. Holding AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu responsible for the alleged fake encounter, the CLC leaders wanted the judicial commission to probe the link between bauxite mining in the reserved forest area of Visakhapatnam district and the encounter.
Pointing out that the Operation Green Hunt launched in 2009 in Chhattisgarh, Jharkahnd, Odisha and Maharashtra states in which thousands of adivasis were massacred besides rendering lakhs of them homeless, the CLP leaders charged that similar operation has been going on in Andhra Pradesh to exploit the rich bauxite mines. They demanded that the lease given to various companies for mining by the Chandrababu Government should be cancelled forthwith. They also demanded withdrawal of the Greyhound forces deployed in the agency areas.
The other demands put forth by the CLC include ban on Operation Green Hunt, murder charges against the police in the AOB encounter and criminal cases against Chandrababu Naidu.