The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court's verdict awarding life imprisonment to retired Inspector-General of Police K. Lakshmana in the Naxalite Verghese case will encourage people to question and resist State-sponsored violence, speakers at a meeting pointed out.

The meeting was organised by the Democratic Forum to discuss the political and social impacts of the verdict here on Thursday.

The speakers said the verdict was a warning that perpetrators of such State-sponsored violence would be brought to book, even if delayed.

They pointed out that ‘State terrorism' was on the rise in the country and that most of the ‘encounter killings' reported during the ongoing hunt for Naxalites were simple extra-judicial killings.

Sebastian Paul, former Member of Parliament, highlighted the role of media in exposing human rights violations by the arms of the State, especially the police.

K.N. Ramachandran, general secretary, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), inaugurated the meeting.