Agnivesh demands judicial probe into Azad`s killing
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Last Updated: Monday, August 09, 2010, 18:28
Lalgarh: Social activist Swami Agnivesh today demanded a judicial inquiry into the death of Maoist leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad, who was killed by Andhra Pradesh police in an encounter.

Questioning the circumstances under which Azad was killed in a police encounter, Agnivesh, an interlocutor between the Centre and the Maoists, said, "There should be a judicial inquiry into the killing."

"My demand for a probe into Azad's killing was rejected by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram...Subsequently, I spoke to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who assured me that a probe will be held. But there has been no order for an inquiry till today," he said at the 'Santras Birodhi Mancha' (anti-terror platform) rally organised by the Trinamool Congress.

Azad was gunned down by Andhra Pradesh police on July 2 in Vankhidi forest area at Jogapur in Adilabad.

Agnivesh, also demanded a probe into the killings of People's Committee Against Police Atrocities leaders Lalmohan Tudu and Sidhu Soren in West Bengal.

The social activist said he was against violence by the Maoists and "if they (the Naxals) have killed people claiming they were police informers, it should also be probed".

"Santras Birodhi Manchas would be formed countrywide and a round table organised to deliberate on the root causes of the Maoist problem," he said lauding TC chief Mamata Banerjee for organising the rally.


First Published: Monday, August 09, 2010, 18:28

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