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CPI condemns Maoists’ “killings”– demands judicial probe

HYDERABAD, AUG 9 (UNI)- CPI National Secretary Surawaram Sudhakar Reddy(C) with CPI National Secretary Dr K Narayana,(R) and Telangana CPI Secretary Chada Venkat Reddy addressing a press conference at Makhdoom Bhavan in Hyderabad on Tuesday. UNI PHOTO-109U

CPI National General Secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy today expressed serious concern at the serial alleged killings of Maoists in Andhra-Odisha border for the last three days.

Addressing the media along with CPI Telangana State secretary Chada Venkat Reddy, former MP Aziz Pasha and Erla Narsimha at State party office Makhdoom Bhavan here on Friday, Sudhakar Reddy condemned the AOB killing of Maoists by the police. Word ‘encounter’ is ridiculous as 34 Maoists and a constable was killed on the spot, he observed. He suspected that the police might have arrested the Maoists earlier and killed them point blank in utter violation of norms.

The CPI leader said the police claimed that 34 Maoists were killed in the encounters in three days. But the civil liberties organizations and relatives of the victims were accusing that the Maoists were either poisoned to death or killed after taken into custody. The CPI national leader observed that the circumstantial evidence does not support that 34 Maoists and one constable were killed in the encounter. It appears there was a possibility of Maoists being arrested and gunned down. “The CPI severely condemns these highhanded killings in the name of encounters. CPI demands judicial enquiry into the whole incident”, he added.

The CPI also condemned the threat to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and his family members through a letter by Maoists or their supporters. Many believe that it was s fake encounter. However, targeting political leaders or individuals is condemnable, he said. “The CPI condemns the attack on Manish Kunjam, CPI leader and president of All India Adivasi Mahasabha at Jagadalpur (Chhattisgarh) in the name of police sponsored organization Agni. Police and the government are denying civil liberties to Adivasis in Bastar area and unleashing terror against the common people, he fumed. The CPI is the main target of Bastar IGP Kalluri and we demand enquiry into the attack on Manish Kunjam and action should be taken against the IGP, who is sponsoring the terror”, he added.

The CPI leader also rejected the RSS charge against Communists during their meet at Hyderabad. First they attacked the Minorities, Dalits and now are targeting Communists as anti-Hindu, Sudhakar Reddy said. Left is not supporting or opposing any religion and was for secularism in the country, he added. (NSS)