Not seen son for 37 yrs... can’t bear to see his body: Kishenji’s mother

"MY son believed in something and he was murdered for that. I want to know how and who are the people behind his killing. I will go to the Calcutta High Court and, if necessary, to the Supreme Court to find out why they killed him like that,'' said a grieving Mallojula Madhuramma, mother of Mallojula Koteshwara Rao alias Kishenji.

"I have not seen my son for 37 years. Now I cannot bear to see his body. I waited all these years to see him once before I die. I hope I die before his body arrives, I cannot live anymore,'' said the 80-year-old, waiting with her family for Kishenji's body at his hometown of Peddapalli.

Madhuramma, who lives with Kishenji's elder brother, said she wanted to file a murder case against the security personnel involved in the operation. "From what I gather from newspapers and TV, it appears to be a fake encounter. He was murdered in cold blood. I want the authorities concerned to conduct an investigation,'' she said.

Kishenji's elder brother M Anjaneyulu, a retired bank employee whose daughter, M Deepika, went to West Bengal to identify and take possession of the body, said several advocates, leaders of Telangana Rashtra Samiti, Naxal sympathizers and rights activists would go to Kolkata to file a petition in the High Court seeking an inquiry.

In Peddapalli, the hotbed of Naxal movement in the 1970s and 80s, almost every house has a Naxalite story. At the Mallojula house in Shivalayam Veedhi, Madhuramma recounted how her second son Kishenji, born on October 10, 1953, told them one day, in 1974, that he was joining the movement and left in the night. "He told me to forget him,'' she said. "He said police are looking for me and so from today, do not even think whether I am dead or alive."

Even as she was still coming to terms with this, her youngest son, Venugopala Rao, also joined the Naxalites. Younger to Kishenji by four years, Venugopala is a Central Committee member and is widely believed to be heading operations in the Andhra-Orissa border area. His mother has not seen him since 1979.

"From newspaper reports and TV news, I came to know what posts Koteswara and Venugopala had risen to, and where they may be living. It was enough for me to know that they were alive. Both never wrote to me or spoke to me in the last 30-35 years," she said.

Kishenji's body was flown to Hyderabad around 8 pm. At least 50 sympathisers, mostly former Maoists, who waited at the airport, were left disappointed as the police shifted the coffin to a police vehicle on the tarmac which sped off from a side exit to Peddapalli, 250 km away in Karimnagar district.

The cremation is expected to take place at 10 am on Sunday, after the Karimnagar district police refused permission to Kishenji's family to keep the body for public viewing.

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