Maoists call up Kerala media to suggest Nilambur encounter was fake

Two Maoists were gunned down by Kerala police commandos in the forests near Nilambur in Malappuram district

Written by Vishnu Varma | New Delhi | Published:November 28, 2016 3:39 pm
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The CPI-Maoist outfit in Kerala is trying to send signals of clarification through the local media days after two Maoists were gunned down by Kerala police commandos last week in the forests of Nilambur in Malappuram district. This was the first incident in which a Maoist was killed in the state in recent times.

Binu George of Malayalam newspaper ‘Mangalam’ was among several journalists contacted via telephone by suspected Maoists in their bid to establish that the encounter that took place on Thursday was in fact ‘fake’ and carried out in haste.

“Basically, he called me to allege that the encounter was staged. He said both Kuppu Devaraj and Ajitha who were killed were suffering from diabetes and extremely ill. They were not even in a condition to stand up, let alone retaliate against the police force,” said George.

“He told me they were surrounded by the commandos and fired upon immediately. They were not given a chance to surrender,” George said. George’s revelations were reported in a story in the Mangalam newspaper.

The journalist said the suspected Maoist member had given a fake name of Akbar during the phone call and was not interested in answering any other questions.

On reports that the encounter was conducted by the Andhra Pradesh Police and not the Kerala Police, George said the suspected Maoist told him he could not verify whether the personnel were from Andhra Pradesh or Kerala. “He (suspected Maoist) said there was chaos when the encounter took place and they could not find out how many police personnel were present,” George told indianexpress.com.

While four of the Maoists were reported to have fled, two (Kuppu Devaraj and Ajitha) were shot dead by the police in Padukka forests near Nilambur. Devaraj, 61, was a central committee member of CPI-Maoist and Ajitha a state-level leader from Tamil Nadu. Sim cards, cell phones, pen drives, laptops and a firearm were reportedly retrieved by the police from the scene of the encounter.

Human rights activists and relatives of the deceased Maoists have refused to accept their bodies alleging the encounter was fake. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, under pressure from his party’s ally CPI, has ordered a magisterial-level inquiry to find out the truth behind the encounter.

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    Jayakumar
    Nov 28, 2016 at 12:25 pm
    When maoists kill, there is no human rights violation but when they are killed in an encounter, it becomes a human rights issue. These human rights NGOs are funded by Western agencies to create problems in countries like India.
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      AN
      Nov 28, 2016 at 10:56 am
      The dead moaists got that they deserved. If they can ruthlessly butcher of entire villages overnight, the policemen were well within their right to kill them off in the encounter. The world is better without at least two of them. lt;br/gt;The Human Rights activists who are wasting their time for these extremists must put their time to better uses by concentrating on the rights of people these extremists are violating on daily basis.
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        Manu
        Nov 28, 2016 at 12:26 pm
        Deceased Maoists were diabetic and extremely ill and were not even in a condition to stand up, let alone retaliate against the police force, But they had no problem trekking through deep forest.What a bunch of crooks.
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          RawTruth
          Nov 28, 2016 at 10:31 am
          Moaist would kill others extra judiciously. They would run their kangaroo courts claiming that they don't believe in Indian judicial system. But for themselves they want proper court proceedings to be held guilty by Indian courts.lt;br/gt;What a hypocrisy by Maoist and their sympathizers in press and Human right activist
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            Maya
            Nov 28, 2016 at 1:09 pm
            Sardar jokes may be banned but the Indian media is a joke in itself. So, we won't miss sardar jokes. 'Human rights activists refuse to accept Maoists' body. What have these so called human rights activists got to do with Maoists and terrorists? Whose rights are they protecting? The rights of criminals? What about the innocent people they've murdered? Also, all criminals feel free to call up media mafia and say whatever they want . That shows the standard and the back stage terrorist and Maoist support from media. Ridiculous !
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              Maya
              Nov 28, 2016 at 1:14 pm
              The biggest organised terrorist network is India is human rights organisations. They don't work towards giving justice to Soumya whose rapist and killer, Govindasamy, has been left free by the SC. They don't do anything about derelict children who are subject to child abuse, no welfare for beggars ... nothing. When terrorists and Maoists are killed, they are all up in arms fighting for their rights. All human rights organisations should be raided and explored. All sorts of illegal activities could be happening in these offices.
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                Anad
                Nov 28, 2016 at 1:20 pm
                Some of the comments ehdorsing the brutal murder of the maoists smacks the hippocracy of the society. Whle i do not deny that maoists have taken to extreemism because of the exploitation by the ruling cl , beurocracy and police , we should not deny them even the basic right to live like any other citizen of this nation.If they have taken the cause of the oppressed cl like tribals, peasants and dalits due to the neglect by the ruling cl , we need to blame the lopsided policies and implementation by the autorities and not the champo=ions of these cl. Definitely the murder of 2 maoists are planned and kerala police is responsible for the same
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