CPI leader Gurudas questions killing of Kishenji

New Delhi: CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta today questioned the manner in which Maoist leader Kishanji was killed and asked government to clarify whether he was done to death in "cold blood" after being arrested.

In a letter to Home Minister P Chidambaram, he claimed, "The story of the encounter appears to be fake, needs to be inquired into and the government must clarify".

58-year-old Molajula Koteswar Rao, better known as Kishanji, was killed yesterday in a gunbattle with security forces in a forest in West Midnapore district of West Bengal, a day after he narrowly escaped from there, according to the police.

Dasgupta, who spoke to Chidambaram on phone, quoted a "source" to say that Kishanji was arrested at noon yesterday and "subsequently killed in a cold-blooded murder".

"If my information is right, then it is an act of dastardly crime in violation of all national as well as international laws," he said in the letter.

The CPI leader also demanded that government should make arrangements for the travel of Kishanji`s relatives to Midnapore to identify the body and attend the funeral.