Extra-judicial killing of Maoist in Kerala: Rights group writes to NHRC

A Velmurugan. Photo: Kerala Police

National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations (NCHRO) has written a letter to National Human Rights Commission for a fair and impartial investigation regarding the extra judicial killing of Maoist leader A Velmurugan in Kerala’s Wayanad district earlier this week.

Velmurugan, from Periyakulam in Theni district of Tamil Nadu, was shot dead by the Kerala Police at an isolated forest region of Padinjarathara in Wayanad on 3 November.

The Delhi secretary of the organisation, Ansaar Indori, has informed that NCHRO’s joint coordinator, Ishu Jaiswal, has filed a complaint in the NHRC urging a fair investigation into the matter.

NCHRO has released a press statement stating that amidst the coronavirus pandemic in the country, the news of an encounter by the Thunderbolt commandos in the forest areas of Wayanad on 3 November came up.

Meanwhile, relatives of Maoist A Velmurugan claimed that he was killed in a fake encounter by the Thunderbolt squad. Addressing the media after identifying his body at Kozhikode medical college on Wednesday, Velmurugan’s brother said there were numerous bullet injuries on different parts of his brother’s body.

Ishu Jaiswal in his statement has said that Kerala police’s special team, the Thunderbolt commandos, has executed the attack. This team has not followed any directions and human rights standards in the encounter cases submitted in the Supreme Court by the PUCL in Maharashtra.

The organization is also contemplating a fact-based investigation regarding the case.

Senior Congress leader and the Leader of the Opposition in the Kerala Legislative Assembly Ramesh Chennithala has also demanded a judicial inquiry into the case.