Questioning the version of events, activists pointed out that no police officer was injured in the alleged exchange of fire.

Maoist encounter in Telangana Activists move Hyderabad HCFile photo: PTI
news Encounter Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 08:10

The Civil Liberties Committee (CLC) on Friday moved the Hyderabad High Court over the police encounter in Telangana that killed eight suspected Maoists on December 14, in the state's Badadri Kothagudem district.

The Deccan Chronicle reported that G. Lakshman  president of the Civil Liberties Committee, filed a PIL, questioning the police's version of events, and pointing out that no police officer was injured even though they claimed that it was an exchange of fire. 

The petitioner urged the court to direct the state to register murder cases against the police personnel involved in the incident, and also demanded a postmortem as per guidelines laid down by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the DC report adds.

The case is likely to be taken up on Monday. 

Earlier this week, the police said that eight extremists of a newly formed Left wing group were killed in an exchange of fire.

The incident occurred in Tekulapalli forests of the district, adjoining Chhattisgarh.

The slain extremists were members of the CPI-MLs' Chandr Pullareddy Baata group, which was formed in July this year by some Maoist earlier associated with CPI-ML Jana Shakti group.

The gunbattle took place during a combing operation by police in the forests.

A police officer said the combing operations were launched following a tip-off about the presence of extremists.

Bhadradri Kothagudem's Superintendent of Police Amber Kishore Jha said the group was indulging in extortions from contractors and local businessmen.

The police officer said the extremists opened fire when asked to surrender. The police had to return fire, killing eight extremists. No policeman was injured in the incident.

The police recovered five weapons including an SLR and two 8 mm rifles.

This is the first major gunfight between police and Maoists since formation of Telangana in 2014.

While police have foiled the attempts of the banned CPI-Maoist to revive their activities in the newly-created state, some extremists associated with Jana Shakti outfit regrouped to form a new organisation. Police said this was active in four districts.

 

IANS inputs

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