Bodies of six Maoists handed over to families
The bodies of the six slain Maoists, who were killed in Tuesday’s
“encounter” in south Bastar region of the Chhattisgarh, were handed over
to their family members and relatives in Bhadrachalam on Friday. The
bodies of two more Maoists, killed in the same “encounter”, had been
sent to their native places by the police after post-mortem at the
mortuary in the local government area hospital on Wednesday. Police
sources said that the body of G Ramesh alias Lachalu, Awami Jung
Editorial Board member, of Guntur district, was handed over to a
representative of Amarula Bandu Mitrula Committee as the elderly mother
of the deceased could not reach Khammam from Guntur.
The grieving family members of a slain woman Maoist of Warangal
district reportedly took her body to their native place later in the
day. The bodies of four slain Maoists belonging to Chhattisgarh were
handed over to their family members at the mortuary by the local police
after video-recording the entire proceedings as per the rules, police
High Court Rejects Re-postmortem Plea on 8 Maoists
HYDERABAD: A division bench of the High Court on Thursday rejected the plea for re-postmortem on eight Maoists-five women and three men, who were killed in an encounter in the Bottemthogu forest in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh on March 1. The bench, however, directed Telangana police to hand over the bodies of the deceased to the family members after taking due acknowledgement from them and also to videograph the process and consent of the relatives be taken in writing.
A division bench comprising acting chief justice Dilip B Bhosale and justice P Naveen Rao was dealing with a petition filed by G.Laxman, president of Civil Liberties Committee, seeking declaration of the killing of eight Maoists by paramilitary forces during a joint combing operation as illegal and in violation of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution. Petitioner’s counsel V Raghunath told the court that the bodies of the eight Maoists were kept at the Bhadrachalam government hospital whose mortuary had adequate facilities to preserve the bodies for a long time.
He urged the court to shift the bodies to Osmania General Hospital in Hyderabad. On the other hand, additional advocate-general of Telangana J Ramachandra Rao said that there was no need of shifting the bodies to the city as the police had made necessary arrangements to preserve the bodies and the post-mortem had been conducted as per the guidelines of the National Human Rights Commission. He said the police had been under pressure from the family members to hand over the bodies.