Red rebels call bandh against 'fake encounter'

KORAPUT: Security has been tightened across the district on the eve of a 24 hour bandh call given by the Maoists on Friday.

The Srikakulam-Koraput division of the CPI (Maoist) has called for a bandh in protest against the killing of Teli Kadranga alias Rajendra in an encounter on August 19.

"Anti-Maoist operations have been intensified. While vehicles in Maoist-hit areas are being frisked, additional security forces have been deployed at few strategic locations," said SP (Koraput) Awinash Kumar.

While police claimed that Rajendra was the commander of Jhanjabati area committee of the CPI (Maoist) and was killed during a fierce gun-battle between security personnel and Maoists in Bodomathuru forest, extremists claimed that Rajendra's killing was orchestrated by police.

"Rajendra was not a Maoist. He was a farmer and picked up by police at night while sleeping in his hut and shot dead. We will observe a bandh call to protest against police action and appealed to all to cooperate with us. We demand an inquiry into the incident by the human rights commission," read a Maoist letter sent by secretary of Srikakulam-Koraput division Daya to mediapersons in Koraput.

"The 303 gun that police had shown to media claiming that it was recovered from Rajendra, had been planted by the cops. A few Maoist belongings had been kept near the body to give an impression of encounter," it read.

However, the SP said, "What the Maoists are saying is not true. Rajendra was a Maoist leader and he was killed during an encounter."

Meanwhile, claiming that the deceased was not a Maoist, Nachika Linga, president of Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangh through letters circulated to media persons has also demanded a probe by the state human rights commission into Rajendra's killing.


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