Maoists blame surrendered leader for Kishenji's death
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An "internal inquiry commission" of the CPI (Maoist) has blamed Suchitra Mahato, once a dreaded underground leader, for the death of politburo member Kishenji in an alleged encounter in Junglemahal in November 2011. Four months after Kishenji's death, Mahato surrendered before Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Writers Buildings in March 2012.
Branding her as a "traitor", the CPI (Maoist) central committee has approved "retaliation" against those involved in the "conspiracy", saying they will be "punished when the time comes". The "inquiry commission" has said Mahato, who was believed to be with Kishenji during his last few days, lured him into a trap laid by security forces.
The "internal inquiry" has also identified the chief minister as "one of the chief conspirators", and warned that she will not be "spared".
Significantly, a day after the attack on the Congress rally in Chhattisgarh recently, Banerjee had said, "If I die, there are people to take the Trinamool Congress ahead. I have a hand-picked team of about 90 people who will take the party forward." Her comment was believed to have been provoked by the security threat. Her security has since been stepped up.
Top Maoist sources told The Sunday Express that senior leaders inquired into the circumstances surrounding Kishenji's death. About a month before the alleged encounter, the CPI (Maoist) central committee reportedly lost communication with Kishenji, and received reports that he was in "touch" with the political leadership of Junglemahal and was working towards a "truce" with the government.
According to the "inquiry report", Kishenji was killed by security forces after he was "trapped by the state government, using some of the senior Maoist leaders".
The inquiry reportedly found that Mahato had persuaded Kishenji to move to the Binpur area in Junglemahal, where he was eventually killed. Moreover, in the last fortnight or so before he was killed, while Kishenji reportedly kept his phones switched off fearing that the security forces would track his movements, Mahato, who was accompanying Kishenji, had kept her cellphone on, says the report.
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