Maoist Azad shot at point-blank range: Report

A news-magazine claims to have accessed the post-mortem report of Azad.

Updated: Aug 28, 2010, 17:24 PM IST

New Delhi: Maoist leader Cherukuri Rajkumar
alias Azad was shot at point-blank range by the Andhra Pradesh
Police and not in an encounter, a news-magazine has claimed.

"The post-mortem conducted on the body of Maoist leader
Azad categorically establishes that he was killed at close
range with a handgun in a fake encounter by the Andhra Pradesh
Police on July 1 at Adilabad," the Outlook news-magazine
claimed in a report.

It claimed to have accessed the post-mortem report of
Azad on which it sought the opinion of three experts in three
different cities.

"Three leading forensic medicine and wound ballistic
experts, who were given copies of Azad`s post-mortem report
without revealing the identity of the deceased, have come to
the conclusion that the victim was shot from a distance of 7.5
cms or even less," the magazine said in a press release.

The post-mortem report records a 1-cm oval-shaped wound
just a few inches above the left nipple where the bullet
entered, tore through this heart and exited from the back just
between the ninth and the tenth vertebrae, it said.

The wound`s entry point, the doctor conducting the
post-mortem records, had "darkening (and) burned edge" at the
left second intercostal space (the space between the two
ribs)," the release said.

The post-mortem findings do not tie up with the police
version that the Maoist ideologue was killed in an exchange of
gunfire with the police atop a hill, it said.

PTI