Kerala encounter fake, claim Maoists and demand probe

The Maoists were produced in Court on Friday and issued with charge sheet.

COIMBATORE: Five Maoists, arrested by Q branch police in May 2015 at Karumathampatty, alleged that the Kerala government executed a fake encounter at Malapuram district on Thursday, killing two of their comrades. They called for a state-wide bandh in Kerala on Monday to condemn this. The Maoists were produced in Court on Friday and issued with charge sheet.

Maoists Roopesh, his wife Shyna and his accomplices Anoop Mathew George, Kannan and Veeramani were brought to the court in the morning.

“The encounter in the Kerala on Thursday afternoon was a fake encounter. They were killed by poisoning. If they were killed during a fight with the police, they might have got some injuries on their bodies. Court has to intervene and conduct a probe into the matter,” they said.
They followed it up with slogans praising their outfit.

When the case came up for hearing, all five Maoists were produced before First Additional District Judge M Christopher, in charge of the Principal District Judge court. Defence lawyer S Balamurugan said, “Police registered 28 cases against these people under Unlawful Activities Prevention (UAP) Act for being a member of a banned outfit. When a person was booked with one case for being a member of a banned organisation, how can they be booked in 28 cases for the same offence in various places across the State?”
Government pleader S Arumugam responded that they will look into it.  Following this, the Judge told the Government Pleader to get a proper affidavit from the police and submit the same before the next hearing.
Subsequently, Roopesh requested judge to speak to his wife as he was not allowed to do so in jail. The Judge granted permission

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