Public Meeting–Concerned Citizens & Forum Against War on People
Protest against the Killing of Azad, Spokesperson of CPI (Maoist) and Journalist Hem Chandra Pandey
CONSTITUTE JUDICIAL INQUIRY INTO THEIR KILLINGS IMMEDIATELY
Speakers: Agnivesh, Amit Bhaduri, Arundhati Roy, Ashish Gupta/ PUDR, B D Sharma, G Haragopal, G N Saibaba, Jagmohan, Manoranjan Mohanty, Mehar Engineer, Mrigank, PC Tiwari, Rajender Sachar/ Pushkar Raj/ PUCL, Rajkishore, RDF, SAR Geelani, Satnam, Sujato Bhadro, Neelabh, Pankaj Bisht, Sumit Chakravartty, Varavara Rao, And Others
Azad, the spokesperson of the Central Committee of CPI (Maoist) along with a freelance journalist, Hemant Pandey from Delhi was murdered in cold blood in the early hours of 2 July 2010. The circumstantial evidence clearly shows that both were caught in Nagpur by Central and Andhra Pradesh intelligence agencies in a joint operation and killed in custody. Later their bodies were thrown in the Sarkapalli forest in Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh by the police to cook up a story of an ‘armed encounter’.
According to the CPI (Maoist) sources, Azad, their spokesperson was caught by the intelligence agencies in Nagpur around 10 am on 1 July 2010. As per the family members of Hem Chandra Pandey, he left for Nagpur in the evening of 30 June 2010 to meet with his professional responsibilities as a journalist and hence thereafter remained incommunicado since the morning of 1st July.
On the morning of 2nd July, the Andhra Pradesh police cited the case of an armed encounter in the wee hours in the thick jungles of Adilabad district wherein two persons were killed. One of the deceased was identified as Azad alias Cherukuri Rajkumar while the other was declared unidentified. Continue reading