“Comrade Shruthi who was killed in alleged encounter on 16th September was captured alive & tortured brutally. Her elbow was twisted 180 degrees and torn apart by binette, police poured acid on her stomach, she was raped by the police and finally killed her in point blank range.“-Statement circulated by democratic activists on social media
Tension at MGM Hospital
Amid heavy police bandobust, post mortem was conducted on the slain naxals at the MGM Hospital here on Wednesday. Tension prevailed for some time as the police did not allow the parents of the deceased naxals to have a glimpse. They, along with other relatives and activists of different organisations staged a demonstration at the hospital mortuary. Following court intervention, parents were allowed to see the bodies before the post mortem was conducted. Police cordoned off the area around mortuary.
Despite prohibitory orders, large number of people gathered at the mortuary. Civil Liberties’ activists, members of Revolutionary Poets Association, Naxal martyrs’ relatives association and others arrived at the hospital raising slogans and dubbing the encounter ‘fake’. Two naxals Sruthi alias Mahitha and Vidyasagar Reddy alias Sagar were killed in the exchange of fire with the police on Tuesday at Rangapur forest area in Govindaraopet mandal. The bodies were shifted to MGM Hospital late in the night.
After post mortem, they were handed over to the relatives. Those who gathered at the mortuary took out a procession for a while near the hospital. Revolutionary poet Varavara Rao, Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi (MRPS) leader Manda Krishna Madiga and others visited the hospital.
Vara Vara Rao alleges rape of slain Maoist, seeks probe
WARANGAL: Noisy scenes were witnessed at the MGM Hospital here on Wednesday where doctors performed post-mortem on the bodies of two Maoists killed in an encounter with the police in the district on Tuesday. Protesters including families of the two slain Maoists, led by revolutionary writer and Virasam founder Vara Vara Rao, gathered at the hospital and accused the Telangana government of killing Shruti alias Maisakka and Vidyasagar Reddy alias Gopanna in cold blood in the forests of Eturunagarm. Vara Vara Rao levelled a serious allegation that prior to killing Shruti, the police personnel raped her.
He further alleged that the police poured acid on different parts of Shruti’s body in a bid to destroy the evidence of their ‘misdeeds’. Calling the encounter as fake and the version of the incident provided by the police as a ‘cock-and-bull’ story, Vara Vara rao demanded a thorough enquiry into the encounter. The well-known writer also accused chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao of conspiring to eliminate Naxalites by any means. He also said it was as a direct result of the government’s failure to provide employment to the youth in the state.
In a testimony to growing desperation among jobless youth as many as 36 highly educated young men and women went underground to join the Maoist movement just in the last two months, he said. Members of the Amaraveerula Bandhumitrula Committee, meanwhile, staged a dharna outside the hospital demanding that the authorities allow the parents into the mortuary to witness the post-mortem.
Anticipating trouble, a large number of personnel from Mattewada, Intezargunj, Hanamkonda police stations and senior police officers were present at the hospital. The bodies were handed over to the families after a three-member team of forensic doctors completed the post-mortem which was also videographed. The reports and the video were submitted to the court. Meanwhile, the Telangana units of Congress and TDP in Hyderabad alleged that the state government killed the two Maoists in a fake encounter and demanded a judicial probe into the incident.
Politicos, Activists Dispute Maoist Encounter Theory
WARANGAL: A day after the police gunned down two Maoists in the forests of Tadwai mandal in the district, the civil society and political parties have lambasted the government alleging that the encounters were fake and the killings state-sponsored murder. Virasam leader P Varavara Rao, who visited the MGM hospital, alleged that T Shruthi, the woman Maoist, was sexually abused before killing. The parents of the two victims too alleged that their children were detained by the police and later bumped off.
Expressing doubts over the authenticity of the police story, TTDP leader E Dayakar Rao demanded a probe by a sitting judge. Congress Jagitial MLA T Jeevan Reddy too termed the encounter as ‘fake’ and held the government responsible for the trend of youngsters joining the Maoist outfit. Director General of Police Anurag Sharma, meanwhile, contended that the police personnel were combing the forest area, when they spotted the Maoists. “Our men came face to face with the Maoists and the latter opened fire on the police. In the retaliatory fire, the two were killed while some others fled the spot,” he claimed. Police across the districts bordering Chhattisgarh have intensified combing operations and are maintaining vigil at the check posts.