CPI demands judicial probe into encounters

  • Condemns killing of Maoists on AP-Odisha border

Hyderabad: CPI National General Secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy has expressed serious concern at the serial alleged killings of Maoists in Andhra Pradesh-Odisha border in the last three days.

Addressing the media along with CPI Telangana State Secretary Chada Venkat Reddy, former MP Aziz Pasha and Erla Narsimha at the state party office Makhdoom Bhavan in Hyderabad on Friday, Sudhakar Reddy condemned the AOB killing of Maoists by the police.

The word ‘encounter’ is ridiculous as 34 Maoists and a constable were killed on the spot, he observed. He suspected that the police might have arrested the Maoists earlier and killed them point blank in utter violation of norms.

The CPI leader said the police had claimed that 34 Maoists were killed in the encounters in three days. But the civil liberties organizations and relatives of the victims were alleging that the Maoists were either poisoned to death or killed after taken into custody.

The CPI national leader observed that the circumstantial evidence did not support that 34 Maoists and one constable were killed in the encounter. It appears there was a possibility of Maoists being arrested and gunned down. “The CPI severely condemns these highhanded killings in the name of encounters. CPI demands judicial inquiry into the whole incident”, he said.

The CPI also condemned the threat to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and his family members through a letter by Maoists or their supporters. Many believe that it was a fake encounter. However, targeting political leaders or individuals is condemnable, he said.

“The CPI condemns the attack on Manish Kunjam, CPI leader and president of All India Adivasi Mahasabha at Jagadalpur (Chhattisgarh) in the name of police-sponsored organization Agni. Police and the government are denying civil liberties to Adivasis in Bastar area and unleashing terror against the common people, he fumed. The CPI is the main target of Bastar IGP Kalluri and we demand inquiry into the attack on Manish Kunjam and action should be taken against the IGP, who is sponsoring the terror”, he added. 

The CPI leader also rejected the RSS charge against Communists during their meet at Hyderabad. “First, they attacked the minorities, Dalits and now are targeting Communists as anti-Hindu,” Sudhakar Reddy said. Left is not supporting or opposing any religion and is for secularism in the country, he added.

-NSS

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