HC orders report on maoist Chandramouli’s couple killing.
Hyderabad: A division bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court comprising Chief Justice G S Singhvi and Justice C V Nagarjuna Reddy on Thursday directed the Visakhapatnam police to produce the entire report relating to the Wednesday night’s encounter killing of senior Maoist leader V Chandramouli and his wife Kavitha, by 12.30 p.m. on Friday.
The bench was hearing a writ petition filed by APCLC district secretary V V Balakrishna alleging that the State Government had carried out the killing of the couple in a cold blooded manner.
The petitioner further contended that the couple were arrested in Orissa and were handed over to Andhra Pradesh police a fortnight back. They were killed last night by the police who claimed that they died in an encounter.
Meanwhile, balladeer Gadar met Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy at Secretariat and submitted a memorandum demanding judicial probe into the encounter and registering a case of murder against the police officials responsible for the incident.
Speaking to reporters later, Gadar said that he suggested to the Chief Minister that the panel, headed by a sitting judge of Supreme Court, should work on the lines of Justice Bhargava Commission to probe the encounters. The Chief Minister assured Gadar that he would ask Director General of Police Swaranjit Sen to issue a statement on the incident.
Dismissing the claims of police that Chandramouli and his wife were killed in an exchange of fire, Gadar alleged that the couple were arrested in Orissa based on the information given by a CPI (Maoist) activist Gopal, who was arrested in that state. They were handed over to Andhra Pradesh police who brought and killed them in Visakhapatnam, Gaddar said.
At Visakhapatnam Rural SP J G Murali said that the couple came to Panasapalli to commit a ‘sensational offence’ to avenge the killing of their top leaders.
He said that the police intensified search operations near Panasapalli following information that Maoist leaders like Jagadish, Nandu, M Bhaskar, Chandramouli were holding a meeting. “The naxalites opened fire at the police and the latter returned the same in self defence killing them,” he said.
The firing lasted for about 20 minutes and when it stopped, the police found two bodies besides an SLR, two SBBL guns, four claymore mines, two grenades, a service revolver, twelve cartridges and an electrical wire bundle, he said.
The bodies were kept in Narsipatnam area hospital where autopsy would be done after the arrival of the relatives. The police continued to be on a high alert following the incident. They intensified combing along the Andhra-Orissa border to prevent the Maoists from entering the state.