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Losing our brother Kishenji

Posted by redpines on November 26, 2011

We received the terrible news that the leading Indian Maoist Kishenji (AKA Mallojula Koteswara Rao) was murdered in by government forces in a “fake encounter.” Kishenji was a leading figure and spokesman for India’s Maoist (Naxalite) movement — and reportedly the military leader of their embryonic popular armed forces.

The following is one of the more recent accounts of outrage and exposure.

Our hearts are with the brave communist fighters of India and the hundreds of millions of oppressed people who dream of liberation.

This article is re-posted from our sister site,  Kasama.

Varvara Rao:

Maoist leader Kishenji was tortured before being killed

Telugu poet and Maoist sympathiser Varvara Rao Friday alleged that top Maoist leader Kishenji was tortured before being killed in a fake encounter and demanded a white paper from the West Bengal government.

“Kishenji was subjected to inhuman torture as his body bore marks of several injuries and he was killed in a fake encounter 24 hours after being nabbed. I demand a white paper on the killing,” Rao told reporters at the state secretariat.

Rao also demanded filing of a case under section 302 in compliance with NHRC norms against those responsible for the killing in a memorandum to Home Secretary G D Gautama.

He alleged that four other Maoists were still being held in captivity ‘like Kishenji’.

Rao said that Kishenji’s niece Deepa Rao had arrived with him from Peddapalli in Andhra Pradesh and should be allowed to identify the body.

“Kishenji’s mother is very old and a cancer patient. She wants to see her son. Kishenji’s body should be brought to Kolkata for preservation and sent to Hyderabad.

“The body should be handed over to the family with due honour as he was a political worker,” he said, acknowledging that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced that Kishenji’s last rites would be performed with honour.

“The Andhra Pradesh government killed many Maoists in this way, but at least it conducted the post mortem complying with NHRC norms. Azad’s body (another Maoist top leader killed in encounter few years ago) was sent to his Delhi residence in accordance with NHRC norms,” Rao said.

Alleging that the present state government was closely following the style of functioning of the preceding Left Front regime, he said “I think there is no need for any discussions with the fascist, imperialist and feudalistic government in the present situation”.

“Kishenji, (CPI-Maoist secretary) Ganapathy and many others favoured talks which is no longer required in the present situation, nor are interlocutors,” he said.

Rao was accompanied by two Association for Protection of Democratic Rights members, besides Deepa.

3 Responses to “Losing our brother Kishenji”

  1. Dhrohi said

    It is time to say, oppressed proletarians, lost great communist fighter. anyway, revolution will continue, nothing could stop revolution.


  2. N.K.Jeet said

    Sunday, November 27, 2011

    Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishenji, the senior Maoist leader was cremated at his native Peddapalli, some 35 km from Karimnagar. His elder brother Anjaneyulu lit the funeral pyre. Abhay, the spokesperson of the Maoist Central Committee released a letter which was read out by the revolutionary writer Varavara Rao, in which it was alleged that Kishenji was murdered in a fake encounter. The Communist Party of India (Maoist) called for a two-day Bharat bandh on December 4 and 5, 2011 in protest of the encounter.

    Earlier many villagers, political leaders, including ballad Singer Gaddar, Civil Liberties Committee leaders Mr. Varavara Rao, Kalyan Rao, Telangana Rashtra Samithi MLAs Etela Rajender, Koppula Eeshwar, MLC N. Laxman Rao were among those participated in the funeral procession.
    Kishenji’s body was brought to Peddapalli from Kolkata in the wee hours of Sunday and kept at his residence after the local police denied permission to his family members to keep the body for public viewing at the Junior College ground. While large number of activists from different peoples’ organizations assembled at the airport to receive the body, the police deployed several teams at the arrival lounge to prevent them.

    The moment poet Vara Vara Rao and Padma Kumari of Martyrs United Forum, who came along with the body from Kolkata, entered the arrival lounge; the police rounded up them and seized their mobile phones. They did not allow anyone, including the media persons, to come even close to the arrival lounge. Balladeer Gaddar entered into an argument with the policemen as he was not allowed to go inside. “If some Congress leader dies, his body is taken to Gandhi Bhavan. We want to take the body to Tank Bund to pay homage. How can you deny this?” he said.
    Earlier Varavara Rao on Sunday dubbed Maoist leader Kishenji’s encounter as a “political murder”, saying, “Kishenji’s encounter is part of operation green hunt and the government should stop combing in the name of the operation. His (Kishenji’s) encounter was a political murder,”
    Mr. Rao’s suspicion was that Kishenji had been taken into police custody on Wednesday itself, tortured and later killed in a fake encounter. First media reports suggested that Kishenji and his comrades had been encircled by a thousand paramilitary forces, but it was announced that he had managed to escape.
    “If he had managed to escape to Jharkhand, how did the West Bengal government kill him? How did the joint security forces kill him in Paschim Medinipur district,” Mr. Rao asked.

    He also alleged that signs of torture were visible on Kishenji’s body and said that he suspected that Kishenji was “severely tortured” in police custody.
    In a press statement issued by the Co-ordination of Democratic Rights Organizations (CDRO), representing 27 Democratic Rights Organizations, it has been stated that:

    “We strongly condemn the killing of Mallojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishenji, politbureau member of the CPI(Maoist) at Burisole forest near Jhargram in West Bengal on 24th November 2011. It is being claimed by the West Bengal police and the CRPF authorities that Kishenji has been killed in a “30 minute gunbattle” near Khushboni village in Burisole forests of West Midnapur district, while some other members of the Maoist squad escaped. However, this version of the police is riddled with contradictions, and also accounts from villagers in nearby villages strongly suggest that Kishenji has been killed in a fake encounter. According to local reports, Kishenji was captured during an operation by the joint forces in the area on 23rd November, and killed in cold blood on 24th November during a staged gun battle.”

    B D Sharma (Former National Commissioner for Scheduled Castes and Tribes) and G N Saibaba (Deputy Secretary, Revolutionary Democratic Front), said in a Press statement:

    “We strongly condemn the cold-blooded murder and planned assassination of Kishanji alias Mallojula Koteswara Rao, Politburo Member of CPI (Maoist) in Burishol forest area, Paschim Midnapore District, Jangalmahal, West Bengal on 24 November 2011. At the time of this murder Kishanji was dealing with the process of peace talks through the interlocutors appointed by the Chief Minister of West Bengal Ms. Mamata Banerjee. Such a heinous crime should be condemned by all justice loving people.”

    An other human rights organization MASUM, CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta & Swami Agnivesh has also condemned the killing of Kishenji in a fake encounter and demanded a proper inquiry.

    C. P. I. (Maoist) Polit Bureau member Koteshwara Rao, more famous as Kishenji, was leading the peoples struggle in the forests of Jangal Mahal region, but was equally adept as the spokesperson for the cause. He will perhaps be best remembered since the occasion he released Atindranath Dutta, officer in charge of the Sankrail police station, who was abducted in an audacious attack in October 2009, in exchange for bail for 14 tribal women.
    Kishenji, born Oct 10, 1953, in a village in Andhra Pradesh, was among the founders of the People’s War Group there in 1980. It was in 1974 that he joined the Radical Students Union. Four years later, he went into hiding. His organizational skills and devotion to the peoples cause impressed People’s War Group (PWG) founder Kondapalli Seetaramayya and he was chosen to be PWG state secretary. He was a prime target of joint-security operations against Maoists.

    Gloom descended on his home town. Since morning on Friday, hordes of supporters and relatives have arrived at his ancestral house in the narrow Brahmanaveedhi, a small street, to console the bereaved family members, including mother Madhuramma and elder brother Anjaneyulu.
    Madhuramma, in her 80s, was in a state of shock over the death of her son ‘Koti.’ Initially, family members decided against breaking the news to her. But when people and journalists started coming in droves, they had no alternative except informing her. She collapsed on hearing the news but controlled her emotions. “I thought you would wipe away the tears from the eyes of several mothers by staying away from us. But this is a big shock to me, as I have not seen him for the last 33 years after he left home,” said Madhuramma. The family had not seen him for over three decades.
    Madhuramma’s. younger son, Mallujola Venugopal Rao, has also gone underground for the past three decades. He is now a Central Committee member of the CPI (Maoist).

    Advisor, Lok Morcha Punjab

  3. Harsh Thakor said

    Red Salutes to this valiant fighter Kishanji,who laid his life down for the emancipation of humanity and to liberate it from the clutches of oppression.The formation of a Peoples Liberation army is of historical significance as well as armed struggle however distorted the practice in regards to mass line.Whatever the differences one has to uphold such people as great revolutionaries whose names should be written in letters of gold.No doubt the C.P.I.(Maoist)_is the most genuine of revolutionary forces in India and amongst the top2-3 in the World.We have to rebuke such forces that merely characterize them as anarchists like the Ramchandran or Kanu Sanyal C.P.I.(M.L.)groups.

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