Midnapore (WB), Nov 26: Slain Maoist leader Kishenji's body was identified by his niece Deepa Rao at a Midnapore hospital and was sent by an ambulance to Kolkata prior to being flown to Andhra Pradesh today.
The body in a coffin was sent with adequate security by road with a pilot car ahead after the the demand of Kishenji's niece, revolutionary poet Varvara Rao and rights organisation Association for Protection of Democratic Rights to transport it to Andhra Pradesh at their own cost was rejected, police sources said.
APDR activists shouted ‘Amar Rahe Kishenji', while hundreds of people who thronged the Midnapore Medical College and Hospital where the post mortem of the body was done counter shouted that Kishenji should not be given a matryr's funeral.
From Kolkata, the body would be flown to Hyderabad and from there to his home at Peddapalli in Karimnagar district of Andhra Pradesh, the sources said.
Kishenji's niece told reporters that she had taken a snap on her cellphone of the body of Kishenji in the morgue during identification. “It is inhuman that his body has at least 20 marks of injuries with the cheek blown away,” she claimed showing the snap to reporters.
Earlier, Kishenji's body was brought to the Midnapore hospital from the police morgue at Jhargram where it was kept after Thursday's encounter at the Burisole jungle.
The joint forces were still searching for the woman Maoist leader Suchitra Mahato who had lived with Kishenji and had fled after the encounter along with other ultras. Suchitra was believed to have been injured in the firefight, the sources said.
Meanwhile, the call for a two-day bandh in protest against the killing of Kishenji ‘in a fake encounter' from today had no impact in the state except for closure of some shops in Jhargram area in West Midnapore district. The bandh had negligible impact in other Maoist strongholds of Binpur, Goaltore and Salbani in the district.
Security was tightened in junglemahal, while an alert has already been issued in the state Kishenji's niece Deepa Rao who formally identified him at a hospital morgue here said she had documented the ‘inhuman torture' on him by taking a photo of the body.
“You can see marks of the inhuman torture on the body. The cheek was blown away,” Deepa told reporters here after identifying it at the morgue of the Midnapore College College and Hospital.
Deepa said that she had taken a snap on her cellphone of the body of the Maoist politburo member who was killed in an encounter with the joint forces at Burisole jungle on Thursday to ‘document the torture'.
Maoist sympathiser and Telugu poet Varvara Rao, who accompanied Deepa, renewed his charge that the Maoist leader was tortured before being killed in a fake encounter. “The people will see for themselves the torture and brutality on Kishenji when the body reaches Andhra Pradesh. He was killed in a fake encounter at the behest of a state government which calls itself democratic,” he said.
Slamming Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for ‘derailing' the peace talks when Maoist leader Akash had offered a one month ceasefire, Rao said, she had instead launched an all out offensive against the ultras. “Mamata Banerjee always does the opposite of what she says,” he alleged.
Asked how he felt that 400 persons were killed by Maoists in junglemahal in the past two years, Rao remained silent.
In Kolkata, the CPI (M) demanded that Maoist leader Kisenji's post-mortem report be made public, saying the controversy over his killing could be set at rest only by it.
“What really happened will be known only after the post-mortem report is made public. We think it is the West Bengal government's responsibility to make the report public,” CPI (M) state secretary Biman Bose told newsmen here.
Stating that there was a controversy on how Kisenji was killed, he said the post-mortem should be done in keeping with the guidelines of the National Human Rights Commission and by involving forensic experts.
The CPI (M) politburo member evaded a question on whether Kisenji's killing was a success for the state government and the security forces. “It is not a question of success or failure. A circle is complete,” he said.