Malkangiri: Maoist leader’s wife demands ‘proper’ enquiry on receiving son’s body

Munna (25) had joined the outlawed outfit in the footsteps of his father Ramakrishna alias RK, a top Maoist.

By: PTI | Malkangiri | Updated: October 26, 2016 5:36 pm
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Alleging that the encounter in Odisha’s Malkangiri district in which 28 Maoists, including her son Munna alias Sivaji, were killed was fake, Maoist leader Ramakrishna’s wife Sirisha alias Padma on Wednesday demanded ‘proper’ inquiry into it. “This is a fake encounter. The police killed all the people without any provocation. My son came all along from Hyderabad and spent time in the jungle to fight against the prevailing injustice in the society. Stop injustice on the downtrodden, Maoists will not be born,” an inconsolable Padma said while receiving her son’s body here. Munna’s body was among those kept at the office of the Superintendent of Police Malkangiri.

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Munna (25) had joined the outlawed outfit in the footsteps of his father Ramakrishna alias RK, a top Maoist. Padma, who had also been arrested by police at Koraput in 2010 on way to Odisha to meet her son and husband Ramakrishna, blamed society for the Maoist problem.

Family members of 10 other Maoists, who died in the joint encounter carried out by Odisha and Andhra Pradesh Police at Chitrakonda area, also expressed their anger against the police and demanded justice. They were accompanied by revolutionary poet Barbara Rao and functionaries of Amrula Badhula Mitrula Sangam, a socio-cultural organisation in Andhra Pradesh.

“The police killed the 28 persons while they were holding meeting inside jungle. This is an instance of fake encounter,” Rao said. Odisha’s home secretary Asit Tripathy said of the 28 bodies recovered by the police, 18 have been identified and most of them were members of the RK group. The Maoists were gunned down in a fierce gun-battle with security forces in Malkangiri district bordering Andhra Pradesh on October 24.

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  1. R
    Oct 26, 2016 at 1:01 pm
    It is astonishing and enraging to see them seeking justice. What justice was there when you macred people in cold blood? Were they not human? Did they not have families? Did your bloodthirsty soon distinguish between "fake" and "real" encounters when he shot at government employees doing their duty. How dare you come out now shedding crocodile tears for justice! It pains when it is your own, right? And if you pick up the gun to fight the state, why complain when at some point you get shot.
    1. S
      Oct 26, 2016 at 2:30 pm
      While it feels nice to crow from above, we need to understand that the work of the 'government officials' in these areas is to grab land from tribals for mining or similar purposes. Had you been living over a gold or coal mine, you'd be facing the same issues. And when was the last time rehabilitation money reached locals? The land goes away, money gets eaten by politicians and government officials apply rules created by these politicians. It is natural that you'd find Maoists here.
      1. Vikas Malpani
        Oct 26, 2016 at 3:19 pm
        So the conclusion is where there is mines there should be Maoist as displaced Poor's don't get money. If that's the conclusion then most people should pick arms as most government department take land for development like mine you mentioned, roads, industries but I doubt track record don't justify for people picking up arms. These are robbers and killers and should be killed or jailed right away.