Crime Branch Probe Ordered Into Maoist 'Encounter' At Nilambur

  • Crime Branch Probe Ordered Into Maoist 'Encounter' At Nilambur

Crime Branch Probe Ordered Into Maoist 'Encounter' At Nilambur

"The police version on the two Maoists being killed in the encounter is not credible".

Amid a controversy over the killing of two Maoists in an alleged encounter in Malappuram district, CPI-M veteran V S Achuthanandan today wrote to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressing his displeasure over the killings. The police claimed that they were killed in an encounter.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan directed Perinthalmanna Sub-Collector to conduct a comprehensive probe into the incident and submit a report.

A team of 60 members of the Thunderbolt team began search operations at 4 am on Thursday and are said to have killed the Maoist by 12 pm. "I will react further on the issue after that". "Government is keeping mum on the issue", he added.

Mr. Shreedharan and rights activists, said that they were not happy with the Crime Branch investigation into the incident. The government has asked Mr. Malik to conduct a magisterial inquiry into the killing. Congress leader VM Sudheeran had strongly pitched for a judicial probe into this Maoist encounter, along with several other leaders across different political parties in Kerala.

The government should be prepared to hold talks with Maoists rather than annihilate them, he said.

VS said if the encounter was fake, action should be taken against erring officials.

Police insiders said that the thick forests in the area gave Maoists much-needed cover, and that Nilambur was fast becoming the operational base for insurgents in three states - Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Meanwhile, the police released the photographs some empty shells believed to have been fired from AK-47 guns used by the Maoists camping inside the forests.

Maoist leader Vikram Gowda, wanted in various cases since the past 20 years, was among those who had escaped, police said.