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Cong MP for probe into Azad killing

Congress MP from Kalahandi Bhakta Charan Das on Friday supported social activist Swami Agnivesh's demand for an inquiry into the alleged encounter of Maoist leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad....

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
July 31, 2010 4:09:13 am

Congress MP from Kalahandi Bhakta Charan Das on Friday supported social activist Swami Agnivesh’s demand for an inquiry into the alleged encounter of Maoist leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad. He also opposed the use of force in jungles.

“At a time when talks for a dialogue were on and some Naxalite was trying to take the initiative in this direction,someone like Azad is killed. It then becomes necessary to conduct an inquiry to keep initiatives and honest efforts alive in a democracy,” Das said at a conference on ‘Maoist Challenge’,organised jointly by Global Centre of Tension Diffusion and Peace Initiatives and Central Association of Private Security Industry here.

The MP told The Indian Express later that he was only echoing Agnivesh’s demand.

Azad,a senior member of CPI(Maoist) Central Committee,had been gunned down by Andhra Pradesh police along with another associate,Hem Chandra Pandey,on July 2 in an alleged encounter.

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