Kalpetta: C. P. Rasheed, right activists and brother of slain Maoist C P Jaleel, on Thursday sought a judicial probe into his brother’s death.
Talking to press here, he rubbished the police version that Jaleel had been killed in an exchange of fire with police at Lakkidi resort.
The government was scrambling to cover up something, he said. If Jaleel had been shot dead, where he could have been conquered legally, it should be brought to light. Although he was in serious condition after having been shot at 9.45 pm, Police left him out to die without taking him to hospital.
That was cruel. Another person injured in the skirmish was said to have been taken into custody. Police should provide him with treatment rather than leaving him to death.
He also demanded authorities to release the mortal remains of his brother. There were several things hushed up behind the murder, he said.
Maoists who usually use forest as their hideout wearing olive green combat jacket.
Given this, the claim that Maoists reached the resort for extorting money wearing easily identifiable blue outfits doesn’t square with reason. He would go any lengths legally to bring out the truth.
Meanwhile, Kannur Range IG Balram Kumar Upadhyaya said that police acted in self defence. He also said that police had the responsibility to ensure safety to tourists and people, given the years-long presence of Maoists Sugandhagiri region here.
Maoists usually demand food and money from tribal colonies. Two workers at the resort alerted the police when the Maoists had reached there.
Although they were asked to surrender, Maoists opened fire and police exchanged fire in self-defence, he said.