Palakkad: Mystery surrounding the killings of four Maoists in Attapadi continues, as the stories of unilateral shootout emerge contrary to the police statement of encounter killing.
Putting the government on the defence, coalition partner CPI came out criticizing the police action.
CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran said that Maoists were said to have been killed while they were having food.
The police executing judgment was barbarian and the government should intervene to correct this stand, he said to the media.
The CPI state council here demanded the government for a magistrate level investigation, in order to let the people know the truth.
Police are facing pressure after Adivasi Action Council leader Murukan and Adivasi Mathrusangham leader Shivani, also the interlocutor arranged by the police to negotiate with Maoists, came out disowning the police version of the killings.
Shivani said that the police violated the conditions to surrender to kill the Maoists. Maoists were ready to surrender and the police agreed to rehabilitate them, she said.
VK Sreekandan MP, also the state Human Rights Commission, questioned the police version.
It is a blunder to say there was no evidence of police encounter after having the inquest done, alongside sterilizing the area, he said after visiting the place.
Police version of having been attacked by Maoists and emerged unharmed, as they scaled the steep hilly terrain to reach their hideout, now stands questioned.
There was no sign of encounter this size as the police claim at the site.
Police killed them in the thick of ASP Navaneeth Sharma making plans for surrender and Adivasis were in parleys with the Maoists, Murakan said to Madhyamam.