Statesman News Service
Koraput, 11 November
Two well-known human rights groups ~ Visakhapatnam-based Human Rights Forum and Bhubaneswar-based Ganatantrik Adhikar Surakhya Sangathan~ questioning the veracity of the “encounters” between security forces and Maoists in the region, while lamenting that police are trying to cover up their excess on the pretext of fighting ultras.
Mr VS Krishna, the general secretary of the Forum and Mr Nihar Dash of the Sangathan, who visited Lamtaput block in Koraput district and parts of Malkangiri district as part of their fact-finding mission into the recent encounters, alleged that the police action amounts to blatant violation of human rights.
A number of Maoists have been gunned down in the recent encounters involving para-military forces and district police. “In the name of checking Maoist activities, the security personnel are engaged in murdering innocent people. The cops involved in such crimes should be booked with cases of murder however, it is lamentable that they are shielded,” said Mr Krishna.
Maintaining that there is no provision in the Constitution allowing police to kill anyone even if he is a Maoist, Mr Krishna said Maoism is a political movement and should be deal in a political way, and not be guns. He also suggested that any possible violent actions by Maoists should be dealt by law of the land.
Informing they have investigated the death of two persons in Lamtaput block of Koraput district and 13 Maoists in Malkangiri who were reportedly killed in encounters in recent times, Mr Krishna said the findings will be shared to generate opinion on the issue.