Azad’s killing: Left in damage control mode
West Bengal PWD minister had questioned the circumstances in which Maoist leader Azad was killed.
Kolkata: A day after West Bengal Public Works Department Minister Kshiti Goswami brought huge embarrassment to the Left government by demanding a probe into the killing of Maoist leader Azad, CPI(M) Lok Sabha member Mohammad Salim on Saturday said that too much is being read into the minister’s comment.
In a damage control mode, Salim said that unnecessary attention is being drawn to Goswami’s statements. Salim also said that the minister just asked for a probe into the incident like any other encounter cases across the country.
Commenting on the talks offer with Maoists, the CPI(M) member said that anybody shunning violence is welcome for talks.
Reacting to the whole issue, Rajya Sabha MP and Communist Party of India (M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat said “I don’t know who this minister is.”
The PWD minister had questioned the circumstances in which Maoist leader Azad was killed.
Azad was killed on July 02 in an encounter with Andhra Pradesh police.
“We are also raising questions. But we are being assured that it (the incident) will be probed and truth will come out", Goswami, who belongs to RSP, had said.
He had said, "We are also questioning his (Azad`s) death. There should be an inquiry and the truth needs to come out", the minister said adding in a dismissive tone "I don`t know what will come out of the probe, what snake, frog will come out of the probe".
Mamata`s remarks at a rally in Lalgarh on August 09 about Azad`s killing in Andhra Pradesh had set off a furore in Parliament where she had come under fire from BJP and Left parties. In a speech in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, she, however, stuck to her remarks about Azad`s killing.