Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Malkangiri, Oct 26:
Top Maoist leader Ramakrishna’s wife Sirisha aka Padma — who was in Odisha’s Malkangiri to identify and receive the body of her son Munna aka Sivaji— today alleged that the police have killed her son among others in a fake encounter.
“The police encounter in which my son was killed was staged. This is a fake encounter. They killed them without any provocation. I demand a free and fair probe into the incident,” said Sirisha.
“My son came down all the way from Hyderabad to spend some time in the forests and fight against the prejudice in the society. This is what Maoists do. The society is responsible for their rise. Stop the prejudice and Maoists will cease to exist,” she added.
Similar sentiments were echoed by noted revolutionary poet and Maoist ideologue Varavara Rao.
“The cops killed the 28 people while they were holding a meeting in the forest. This is a fake encounter,” Rao said speaking to reporters in Malkangiri.
Besides, the family members of 10 other Maoists, who died in the joint encounter carried out by Odisha and Andhra Pradesh Police at Chitrakonda area on October 24, also expressed similar sentiments and demanded a free and fair probe.
The police, however, rejected the allegations and said that Munna had joined the Maoists and was operating in the unit of his father Ramakrishna aka RK.
It may be mentioned here that Ramakrishna, who is considered the leader of the faction, escaped the raid by the police in which bodies 28 red rebels have been recovered so far.