C. P. Jaleel was killed in encounter, claim police; release document


M. Jayaprakash / Mathrubhumi News

Police have released a copy of the report sent by CPI (ML) Western Ghats regional committee to its central committee. The report evaluates the encounter and mentions reasons for retaliation.

Malappuram: Thunderbolt police have released a document claiming that Maoist leader C. P. Jaleel was killed in an encounter in Wayanad.

In connection with the encounter, the police have released a copy of the report sent by CPI (ML) Western Ghats regional committee to its central committee. The report, which mentions 11 reasons for retaliation, also speaks about Maoists opening fire at the police. Mathrubhumi News has received a copy of the report.

Jaleel, a native of Malappuram, was killed in an encounter near Upavan resort in Wayanad on March 6, 2019. There were allegations that the incident was a fake encounter. But, now the police have released the document claiming that the Maoists themselves are agreeing that the incident was an encounter.

The report evaluates the encounter and mentions reasons for retaliation.

According to the report, an encounter took place between Maoists and Thunderbolt and that carelessness led to the incident. The Maoist team did not take adequate precaution while heading to a resort near the main road, the report said. There was mistake in deploying a watchman and that the commander made a mistake in understanding the danger, the report added.

The report also involves self-criticism that the Maoist team should have tried to help the other members escape by randomly opening fire.

It must be noted that the report released by police is a Microsoft Word document and not a handwritten copy. The document does not carry any signature.

Following the encounter at Manjakkandi in Palakkad, the police had recovered a laptop from the Maoists. The officials are recovering data from this laptop. Police claim that the report was recovered from this laptop.

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