Nilambur encounter killings were fake: Says one of the fled Maoists

Soman Nadukani, who was present in the base camp when the encounter took place, says that the police firing was unilateral and indiscriminate

The encounter at Nilambur, Kerala, in which two Maoist leaders were killed was fake, alleged Soman Nadukani, one of the members of the banned outfit who was present when the police action took place.

“The police squad fired unilaterally and indiscriminately on us,” Soman told journalists in Malappuram over the telephone from an undisclosed location.

“There were only six persons in the camp when the police party stormed in. The slain Maoists — Kuppu Devaraj and Ajitha — were unwell and immobilised, hence, they could not escape the bullets,” Soman said.

Earlier there were reports quoting police sources that Soman was injured in the shootout, a claim which he denied over the phone.

Meanwhile, some human rights defenders will approach the high court seeking judicial probe into the incident.

“We do not have faith in the magisterial inquiry ordered by the government,” said Thushar Nirmal Saradhi, a far Left-leaning human rights activist and lawyer.