Maoist leader Jaleel was shot from behind during encounter
Kalpetta: Maoist leader C P Jaleel (26), who was killed in an encounter near Vythiri in Wayanad was shot from behind. His body was found lying face down near a water fountain outside the private resort. A bullet struck him on the back of the head and exited near the eye. He had sustained several bullet wounds on his torso and arm.
The gang of Maoists reached ‘Upavan’ resort in Lakkidi around 9.30 on Wednesday. Two Maoists came to the resort seeking Rs 50,000 in cash and food. The encounter lasted till Thursday early morning. Although it was suspected on Wednesday night that one Maoist was killed and two others were injured, the police had not confirmed.
On Thursday morning, police confirmed that the deceased was Jaleel. Another Maoist Velmurugan was reportedly injured. There were spots of blood on the path through which he reportedly escaped. The police are searching for him.
Jaleel’s family have come out alleging that he was murdered according to plan. However, Kannur range IG Balram Kumar Upadhyay explained that Maoists started firing once they saw the armed police battalion. Vythiri circle inspector’s vehicle was also damaged in the firing.
While the police say that the Maoists used guns similar to AK 47, the gun recovered from Jaleel was a country made one. This creates suspicion, alleged human rights activists.
Jaleel is an activists of the CPI Maoist branches in Kabani and Nadukani. He is also a documentation expert of the People's Liberation Guerrilla Army. While relatives say that Jaleel is 26 years old, police records show that he is 41 years old.
Jaleel is the son of Hamsa and Aleemma of Pandikkad in Malappuram. He is the first Malayali to be killed in a Maoist encounter. There were reports that Jaleel was present when Maoists leaders were killed in an encounter in Kurulai forest in Nilambur.
AN investigation has been initiated as per the directions of the state police chief. The crime branch and magisterial level investigations as per the directions of the Supreme Court will begin soon. IG Balram Kumar Upadhyay, Wayanad district police chief Karuppasamy, Debesh Kumar Behera SP (operations) are camping in the area.
Jaleel’s brother C P Rasheed alleged that his brother’s death was a planned murder. “According to media reports, the encounter started by 9.45 pm. However, Jaleel’s death was confirmed around 4 am the following morning. Reports suggest that another Maoist Velmurugan was injured in the encounter. However, he has not been admitted to any hospital in the state. If he is in police custody, he should be produced before court and given medical treatment,” he added.
Police opened fire for self-defense
According to IG Balram Kumar Upadhyay, the police opened fire for self-defense. On seeing the police, two Maoists opened fire. When police demanded them to surrender, the Maoists refused and opened fire. The police returned fire in self-defense. Later, Jaleel’s body was found during a search.