Kishanji’s death: Swami Agnivesh demands probe

Debashis Konar, TNN Nov 25, 2011, 05.01AM IST

KOLKATA: Swami Agnivesh, once an interlocutor between the Centre and the Maoists, wants a proper judicial probe into the feared encounter death of Maoist military strategist Koteswar Rao, alias Kishanji. Agnivesh made the same demand after Maoist leader Azad was killed, which did not get a positive response from the Manmohan Singh government.

“The Prime Minister had then promised a judicial probe. I waited in vain and finally moved the Supreme Court. The apex court ordered the CBI to submit an interim report on Azad’s death within six weeks. The CBI has not submitted the report after six months,” the Swami said.

Swami Agnivesh is also worried about the chances of a fresh spurt in violence in Jangalmahal. “The feared death of Kishanji might spur violence in Jangalmahal. I am against any kind of violence and had tried to mediate between the Maoists and the government. But things did not work out as Azad was killed.”

“I shall still ask the Maoists to go for ceasefire,” he said. The Arya Samaj leader also appealed to chief minister Mamata Banerjee not to escalate violence as poor tribal villagers will be affected most. He held that security forces are not the answer to the Maoist problem.

“I am waiting for Friday to get detailed report on the development. I want to check out if Kishanji was killed in captive situation or it was an encounter. Often policemen adopt the strategy of fake encounter as it was the situation with Azad. So, I am not sure if Kishanji was killed in fake encounter,” he said.

In line with Agnivesh, several human rights organization like APDR, CPIML (New development) and even the Lalgarh Manch has demanded a judicial probe into the death of Kishanji. There are chances that some of the rights group will bring out a rally in the city on Friday to protest the killing of Kishanji, a senior police officer said.

Telugu poet and Maoist sympathizer Varvara Rao on Thursday demanded that the Centre and West Bengal government should make arrangements for Kishanji’s niece Deepa to identify his body. Deepa stays at Peddapalli town in Karimnagar district of Andhra Pradesh. Even attempts are on to contact Ganesh, who is at present hiding in Chattisgarh forest.

Criticising the Trinamool government for “damaging” peace talks with Maoists, Rao said Mamata Banerjee spoke of peace while carrying out joint force operations. “This is nothing but deception,” Rao said.

Courtesy: Times of India, 25 November,2011


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