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Updated: November 25, 2011 12:39 IST

Kishenji killed in encounter

    Shiv Sahay Singh
    Ananya Dutta
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A 2009 picture of Kishenji talking to journalists in Paschim Medinipur district before the release of a security official.
A 2009 picture of Kishenji talking to journalists in Paschim Medinipur district before the release of a security official.

A body, with AK-47 and hearing aid beside, found in West Bengal

Communist Party of India (Maoist) Polit Bureau member Koteshwara Rao alias Kishenji, who has been spearheading Maoist operations in West Bengal's Jangalmahal region, is suspected to have been killed in an encounter in the Burisole forest area in Paschim Medinipur district on Thursday.

“A body was found with an AK-47 and a hearing aid beside. We suspect that the AK-47 was probably used by Kishenji, but cannot comment until the identification is complete,” said Director-General of Police Naparajit Mukherjee.

Joint security forces, led by Superintendent of Police Praveen Tripathi, had launched massive combing operations in the Kushbani forest area bordering Jharkhand over the last couple of days.

According to the police, there was a “heavy exchange of fire” in the forest area between 4.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. after the police noticed the movement of a Maoist squad there. At the end of the encounter, a body was found.

“There are many similarities including the AK 47 which Kishenji uses, and the hearing aid. But we will not be able to confirm that it is Kishenji's body unless we show it to at least two people who could identify it,” Inspector-General (Western Range) Gangeshwar Singh told The Hindu over telephone.

There were reports that Suchitra Mahato, another Maoist leader and wife of Sasadhar Mahato who was killed in encounter in March, was among those injured. She was present with Kishenji.

In New Delhi, Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh told journalists that Maoists had suffered a huge setback, pointing out that the police were “99 per cent” sure of the death of Kishenji. The Ministry had sent his latest photograph to the State. Some time before the encounter, the security forces raided a house at nearby Gosaibandh, where a bag containing a laptop, believed to be Kishenji's, was seized, among other items.

Kishanji's Death will be a huge setback to Maoists as he was their biggest leader. But....this is the time when we need to kill the unsatisfactorily feelings, anger and hatred in the hearts of tribals. These 3 things are a bigger threat then any Kishanji.

from:  Amar Singh
Posted on: Nov 25, 2011 at 11:28 IST

This breakthrough will send the right signal that the government means business to curb the Maoist menace, not withstanding the possibility of hostility increasing in the interim period as retaliatory action. Joint Security Forces must increase relentless pursuit of Maoists and compel them to come to the negotiation table without setting any conditions. The soft handling by the earlier CPI (M) regime with ulterior motives has cost the country a lot. Either they will join the mainstream or perish; a clear signal to this end had been sent. Hope Maoists will realize the futility of their cause, end violence and become to wise to join the mainstream.

from:  LS Ullal
Posted on: Nov 25, 2011 at 09:11 IST

While the motives might have been noble to uplift the poor and downtrodden, he and his unit were still killers. There are better and more peaceful ways to go after noble goals, than killing innocent people and security personnel. Utlimately, if we allow these people to succeed, India will cease to be a democracy, and become another communist China.

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Nov 25, 2011 at 05:14 IST

Given the Govt and the police's penchant for falsified "encounters", I will believe that the dreaded Maoist leader is dead only when I see Maoist activity decreasing significantly. Moreover, given the extent of their preparedness, we may have only cut off one head of the hydra but (God forbid) two might grow in its place. We cannot take our hand off the stranglehold (provided we do have one) till we see Maoist insurgent acts decreasing significantly.

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Nov 25, 2011 at 00:13 IST

Albeit Naxalism came along with atrocities to our country and our people.But their wrath was reasonable and was manifestation of social injustice,may be diverted later.In collages most of us fantasize ourself by the t-shirts and posters of 'Che' and 'Castro' and have somewhere desire to be a rebel to overthrow this callous system.Koteshwar rao(Kisan ji) lived his fantasies,though traveled through both fair & unfair.

from:  Jitendra singh
Posted on: Nov 24, 2011 at 23:56 IST
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