Maoists were shot at point blank range while having food, alleges Kanam; demands magisterial probe
Thiruvananthapuram: The ruling LDF in Kerala found itself in a tight spot on Wednesday over the gunning down of four Maoists in Palakkad with its ally CPI seeking a magisterial probe into the matter.
CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran raised sharp criticism against the government on the encounter which resulted in the death of four Maoists at Attappadi in Palakkad. Reportedy, the encounter was fake. Maoists who were having food in their shed were shot at point blank range, he alleged.
“CPI council passed the resolution ‘Bullets are not the answers to issues raised by Maoists’. Since 1967, party has been following this principal. We don’t consider them as our enemies or enemies of revolution. Even though CPI doesn’t support their politics, but we do agree upon the issues raised by them concerning public. What CPI came to know from the local people including the panchayat president there, is that a fake encounter took place in Attappadi forest,” Kanam added.
Manivasakam (one of the Maoists killed in the encounter) was ailing for quite some time. But it is being said that an AK 47 gun was recovered from him. The place where the encounter took place is not a dense forest area. Maoists were having food inside a tent when police shot them. It is very heinous act that police themselves are pronouncing and implementing the verdict,” he further said.
He also asked whether the shots fired by the Maoists had hit trees.
Demanding a magisterial probe into the matter, Kanam said that the civil and democratic rights should be protected.