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Azad’s killing a fake encounter
Published on 29 Aug. 2010 12:16 AM IST
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Maoist leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad was shot at point-blank range by the Andhra Pradesh Police and not in an encounter, a news-magazine has claimed.
“The post-mortem conducted on the body of Maoist leader Azad categorically establishes that he was killed at close range with a handgun in a fake encounter by the Andhra Pradesh Police on July 1 at Adilabad,” the Outlook news-magazine claimed in a report.
It claimed to have accessed the post-mortem report of Azad on which it sought the opinion of three experts in three different cities.
“Three leading forensic medicine and wound ballistic experts, who were given copies of Azad’s post-mortem report without revealing the identity of the deceased, have come to the conclusion that the victim was shot from a distance of 7.5 cms or even less,” the magazine said in a press release.
The post-mortem report records a 1-cm oval-shaped wound just a few inches above the left nipple where the bullet entered, tore through this heart and exited from the back just between the ninth and the tenth vertebrae, it said.
The wound’s entry point, the doctor conducting the post-mortem records, had “darkening (and) burned edge” at the left second intercostal space (the space between the two ribs),” the release said.
The post-mortem findings do not tie up with the police version that the Maoist ideologue was killed in an exchange of gunfire with the police atop a hill, it said.
Azad killed in ‘real’ gunfight: Police chief
Andhra Pradesh police chief R.R. Girish Kumar Saturday denied that the top Maoist leader Azad was killed in a stage-managed gunfight and termed it as a “real and genuine” one.
The director general of police said a section of vested interest groups at the behest of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) were making false and baseless allegations against the police by misquoting the contents of the post-mortem examination (PME) report and the first information report (FIR).
“There are absolutely no contradictions either in PME report or in the FIR. The PME report is being falsely misinterpreted by Naxal-(Maoist) backed civil rights activists. There is absolutely nothing in the post mortem report to indicate that the firing was resorted to at point blank range,” the police chief said in a statement.
An exchange of fire took place between police and armed Maoists in the jungles of Adilabad district on the intervening night of July 1 and 2 in which Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad and Hema Chandra Pandey alias Jitender died.
Girish Kumar said the police have followed the National Human Rights Commission guidelines in letter and spirit. The PME report and all the other evidence will be subjected to scrutiny by competent judicial and quasi-judicial authorities, he added.
“The Maoists having lost their most important cadre Azad, whom the Maoists themselves termed as mind and soul of the party, are unable to digest the loss and started resorting to Goebbelsian campaign by propagating utter falsehood repeatedly through their frontal organisations like APCLC (Andhra Pradesh Committee for Civil Liberties) etc.”
The police chief said such frontal organisations were defending Maoists, who have killed thousands of innocent civilians. He alleged that Azad had masterminded killings of thousands of people including women and children.

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