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The Malappuram district court on Monday restrained the Kerala Police from cremating the bodies of two suspected Maoists, who were killed in an alleged encounter with police on last Thursday.
The court acted upon a petition filed by Sreedharan, the brother of slain Kuppu Devraj, a central committee member of the CPI (Maoist). Another Maoist leader Ajitha was also gunned down.
In his petition, Sreedharan said his brother and Ajitha were killed in a fake encounter and the police have destroyed all evidence to hush up the killings. The only remaining evidence are the bodies of the victims and hence they should be preserved, he had pleaded.
In an interim order, the court asked the police to preserve the bodies until Tuesday 7 pm. The court would again hear the petition on Tuesday.
Families of both victims had declined to receive the bodies from police after postmortem. People’s Union for Civil Liberties state secretary Advocate P A Pouran, who appeared for the petitioner, said they wanted the bodies to be preserved for at least a week.
In between, they would move a petition in the high court, demanding a detailed probe into the fake encounter.