Police-Maoist encounter in Kerala, opposition demands comprehensive probe

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Opposition Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) and many human rights activists have expressed doubt over the police reports over encounter killing. 

A suspected Maoist was killed and another injured in a late-night encounter between Thunderbolt, a special force of Kerala police, and the Maoist group in Padinjarathara forests in Wayanadon Monday night, police said.

The firing between the elite commando force of state police specialised in combating extremists, and the suspected ultras took place in the nearby Banasura forest area in the hilly district with a sizeable population of tribals. The police could not immediately dentify the deceased.

"We are yet to receive the details of the encounter. However, there is one casualty. The police team including the SP are on their way to the location," a senior police source told PTI. However, Padinarethara police said they are yet to receive any details regarding the encounter.

Vellamunda police officials said they were on their way to the location and details were yet to be known. On October 30 last year, four Maoists were killed in an exchange of fire in the forest area of Palakkad district.

A suspected Maoist leader C P Jaleel was killed early in March last year in an exchange of fire with police personnel at a resort in Wayanad

Opposition Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) and many human rights activists have expressed doubt over the police reports. Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Mullaappally Ramachandran said he had doubt about the encounter since most of the encounters reported after the Pinarayi Vijayan government came to power was fake.

Condemning the incident, the Congress leader has demanded a comprehensive inquiry into 10 encounters between the force and the Maoists in Wayanad and Malappuram districts in the last four years.

Human rights activists expressed concern over the condition of the injured person and urged the government to save his life by providing immediate treatment.

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