THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The CPI state council condemned the killing ofMaoist
Velmurugan by thunderbolt commandos in Wayanad on Tuesday. “The killing of a man in the guise of encounter is not a suitable act in a developed society,” stated a resolution passed by the CPI council.
CPI had taken a similar stand during the previous three encounter killings of Maoists that happened after the LDF government assumed office in 2016. It expressed doubts over the functioning of Thunderbolt division and said activities of the elite force amounted to gross violation of human rights.
“It is a known fact that there is no major threat from Maoists in Kerala. The camping of Thunderbolt commandos in our forest and their serial murders can’t be recognized. It is extreme injustice and gross human rights violation to maintain Thunderbolt division to deal with Maoists while Kerala police have a well-built system to identify and deal with law and order issues,” the resolution noted.
CPI asked the government to order a magisterial probe in the Wayanad incident and submit a report in a time-bound manner. “The practice is that magisterial probes in such encounters aren’t conducted seriously. It is improper that investigation reports of previous probes aren’t published even after months and years,” said the resolution.
Explaining that CPI doesn’t approve the style adopted by Maoists, the resolution said the Naxalite movement in Kerala was rooted out not because of police action. It happened as people detested their ways.
Reacting to the CPI resolution, CM Pinarayi Vijayan said the government didn’t think that Maoists must be killed.
“What happened in Wayanad was an encounter between Maoists and Thunderbolt commandos who were on a routine inspection. The commandos fired in self-defence. The deceased Maoist is an accused in a police station attack case in Odisha and another arms training case in Tamil Nadu. A 0.303 rifle was also found near his body,” Vijayan said, adding that surveillance was beefed up in northern districts following an intelligence report