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Rejects plea for probe into Azad killing

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday rejected the demand for an inquiry into the killing in an encounter of Maoist leader ‘Azad.'

“Please tell me under which law the Centre should initiate an inquiry into the encounter killing of Maoist leader ‘Azad,' I am asking my non-lawyer friend Yashwant Sinha,” he said, replying to a discussion on the Bhopal gas tragedy in the Lok Sabha.

Mr. Chidambaram said: “Maintaining law and order in the State is the responsibility of the … State government. If you want an inquiry, you go to the State Assembly and ask for … a resolution.” “If you want any resources under my command for an inquiry, I am ready to provide,” he said.

Mr. Chidambaram chose to speak on the issue when Mr. Sinha intervened and said: “Your Minister [Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee] has demanded an inquiry into the case.”

Azad, a member of the CPI(Maoists) polit bureau and spokesperson, was killed in an encounter with the police in Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh on July 2. — PTI

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