The niece of Maoist leader Koteswar Rao alias Kishenji, who is believed to have been killed in an encounter on Thursday, wants to come to West Bengal and identify the body.

 “I want to see the body of my uncle. Since the police have not identified the body yet, I plead with the government to please take me there to see him,” Deepa, the daughter of Kishenji's brother, told The Hindu over telephone from Hyderabad.

Revolutionary writer and a personal friend of Kishenji, Varavara Rao, demanded that the guidelines laid down by the National Human Rights Commission that dictate that the body be preserved until a post-mortem is carried out and it is properly identified be observed. Mr. Rao also demanded that the encounter be booked as a culpable homicide and a case filed under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code. Leading human rights activist in West Bengal Sujata Bhadra endorsed Mr. Rao's demands.

Ms. Deepa said that her grandmother, Kishenji's mother, was an 85-year-old cancer patient and would not be able to undertake the journey from Paddapalli in Karimnagar district of Andhra Pradesh — Kishenji's hometown.