T’PURAM: Portraying Maoists as a threat to Kerala is a ploy by Kerala police to fetch central funds and facilities to combat Maoism, alleged CPI state secretaryKanam Rajendran
. Condemning the encounter killing of Maoist Velmurugan in Wayanad on Tuesday, Rajendran said Maoist activities haven’t become a threat to the people of Kerala, yet.
Based on the report by a team of local CPI leaders who visited Meenmutty forest area in Wayanad where the encounter took place, Rajendran said there was no evidence of an encounter at the site.
“The bullet wounds on Velmurugan’s body will attest this. Had Maoists fired at the police, wouldn’t there be injured persons on the police side?” he asked during a news conference. The CPI delegation also noted that bullets were not fired from the 0.303 rifle possessed by the slain Maoist.
On Thursday, CPI state council passed a resolution condemning the killing of Velmurugan and expressed doubt about the activities of thunderbolt teams that patrol forest areas of north Kerala to flush out Maoists.
“CPI doesn’t support the ideology of Maoists. But, we can’t agree with the policy of killing them. We urge the government to review its policy about managing Maoists. It is the requirement of the police to keep Maoism as a threat to the state,” said Kanam. He sought a speedy probe in the incident.
AIYF, the youth wing of CPI, had also demanded a probe into the Maoist encounter killing at Wayanad.
Fired with the intention to kill, says NCHRO
The national confederation of human rights organizations (NCHRO) has alleged that the truth behind the encounter killings in Kerala has not come out yet.
Addressing a news conference in Kozhikode on Friday, NCHRO president Vilayodi Sivankutty and national secretary Rene Ayline said several questions are unanswered in the killing of Maoist leader Velmurugan at Padinjarathara in Wayanad on October 3.
Velmurugan sustained bullet injuries in the firing from close range. Bullet injuries are found on the head, left ear, hands and on the stomach. “It shows that Thunderbolts fired at him with the intention of killing,” the NCHRO leaders said.
Police had adopted the same policy in Nilambur, Manjakkady and Vythiri where there was possibility of capturing the targets live, they said.
NCHRO said Kerala is becoming a state like Gujarat, which was notorious for fake encounter killings when Narendra Modi was the chief minister.
Meanwhile, CPI-ML (Red Star) asked the government to disband Thunderbolts, which has become a killer squad in Kerala. In a statement issued by party state secretary M K Dasan said the government should deal legally if Maoists are engaged in any criminal activities.
He expressed the doubt that encounters are staged when the ruling party is facing crisis and with the intention of getting the central fund for the anti-Maoist operations