Friday, June 21, 2024

Maoists allege Kishenji killed in fake encounter, CRPF denies


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Leader of Naxalite movement Varavara Rao addressing while Deepa Rao(L) the niece of Maoist leader Kishenji consoles during a rally of APDR(Association for protection of Democratic rights) activists during ‘March to State Secretariat’ in Kolkata on Friday. (PTI)

KOLKATA/JHARGRAM: The killing of top Maoist leader Kishenji raised a controversy on Friday with his supporters and some political parties alleging he was eliminated in a fake encounter, a charge denied by CRPF which said it was a “clean” operation.

The Maoists demanded an independent probe into the circumstances leading to the killing of Kishenji in Burisole forest in West Midnapore district yesterday. A call for a two-day bandh in West Bengal from November 26 was also given by Maoists in protest against the alleged fake encounter. “Kishenji was killed in a fake encounter. To protest this we are calling a two-day statewide bandh from November 26 and a week-long protest,” Maoist state committee member and spokesperson Akash told PTI on phone.

Rejecting the allegation, CRPF Director-General Vijay Kumar said Kishenji was killed in a ‘very clean and successful’ operation by the joint forces in West Midnapore district. “It was a very clean and successful operation and our boys did not waste a minute,” Kumar told reporters in Burisole forest in Jhargram area where Kishenji was killed. “No, no, no” he said when asked about the allegation that Kishenji was eliminated in a fake encounter.

Telugu poet and Maoist sympathiser Varvara Rao alleged that Kishenji had been killed in a fake encounter. “Kishenji was arrested two days ago and kept in police custody.” (PTI)


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