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Swami Agnivesh to move NHRC, apex court

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Seeks probe into the killing of CPI (Maoist) spokesperson Azad



Swami Agnivesh

HYDERABAD: Social activist Swami Agnivesh has said that he will move petitions before the National Human Rights Commission and the Supreme Court soon seeking a probe into the killing of CPI (Maoist) spokesperson Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad in July.

Speaking on “State violence – Peace talks” at a commemorative meeting of rights activist Dr. Ramanatham organised by AP Civil Liberties Committee here on Sunday, he said he was feeling guilty for being morally responsible for the capture and killing of Azad by Andhra Pradesh police as it was during the ‘peace process' initiated by him he was killed.

He recollected the whole episode that preceded Azad and journalist Hemachandra Pandey's capture outside Nagpur railway by the AP police and shooting them dead in ‘cold blood' in Adilabad forests on the intervening night of July 1 and 2.

He alleged that the AP police had followed his second letter written to Azad as part of peace process and captured the Maoist leader.

Similarly, the AP police also tracked his letter written to another Central Committee leader of Maoists Varanasi Subramanyam alias Srikanth alias Sukhath and almost captured him, he alleged.

Later, the Maoists leadership had requested him to stop writing them as the police was following his letters to them.

He would also raise the issue of Azad's ‘killing' at the five-day meet of alternative Nobel prize winners being held in Germany soon to draw the international community's attention to the structural and systematic violence being perpetrated by the state in India.

The State violence and violation of human rights were thousand times deadlier than that of Maoists. At the same time he was not endorsing the violence of Maoists, he reiterated.

The armed resistance by Maoists was on much smaller scale compared to the State violence, he noted.

It was time people revolted democratically against all sorts of state violence in the country.

State president of APCLC S. Seshaiah, general secretary Kranti Chaitanya, president of Human Rights Forum Jeevan Kumar, Vijaykumar of Jana Vignana Vedika also spoke.

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