Kishenji was killed in cold blood, no talks: Maoists

Kishenjis Killing
Alleging that their top leader Kishenji was killed in cold blood, the Maoists today said they would not take part in any "peace initiative" and called for filing of a murder case against those involved in the encounter.

Maoist sympathiser Varavara Rao, who rushed to Kolkata this afternoon, said at a public rally that Kishenji was killed in a "fake encounter" when he, in fact, had offered to talk.

"It was a clear murder case and we are consulting our lawyers so that a case under Section 302 of IPC can be filed,'' said Rao at the rally in Kolkata, organised by the Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR).

Telugu Deepak, once a close associate of Kishenji, who is behind bars now was taken to West Midnapore to help identify Kishenji. If necessary, DNA tests will also be done, said a senior police officer.

What's raising questions about the encounter is the fact that Kishenji did not have his usual security platoon of at least 15-20 cadres when he was killed. The spot where his body lay is barely 5 km from Jamboni police station and about 3 km from a sprawling resort and agri-farm teeming with visitors, security officials and local residents. Some trees nearby had bullet marks and local villagers said they heard just a 15-minute burst of gunfire on Thursday.

Denying the Maoists' charge, K Vijay Kumar, DG, CRPF, said: "Everytime when we kill their leaders, it is called a fake encounter. But when they kill our men, it is called a fight. This was a clean, tactically planned operation. It was surprising that Kishenji's usual security was missing."

Sources said Kishenji had crossed to West Bengal from Jharkhand on November 20 and had held meetings with some of his comrades including Akash and Suchitra Mahato. Akash, sources said, has a key role in the peace process initiated by the West Bengal government five months ago and had held at least two meetings with state-appointed interlocutors.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is yet to comment on Kishenji's death, had earlier said she was committed to continuing the "peace talks" with the Maoists but only with their senior leaders, no one below the rank of a central committee member. It was this message, sources said, that many in the Maoist ranks had seen as a signal to Kishenji and his team.

Said Deepa, daughter of Kishenji's elder brother Anjaneyulu: "Kishenji's mother is 85, is suffering from cancer. She is crying and is saying she wants to see her son's body."

Meanwhile, the CPM attacked Mamata saying Kishenji paid with his life for what he had desired. "Kishenji said he wanted Mamata to be CM of West Bengal and he got rewarded for that,'' said Surya Kanta Mishra, leader of the Opposition in the Assembly.

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