Nilambur shootout: Preserve Maoists’ bodies till Dec. 5, orders Kerala court
The Sessions Court in Manjeri, Kerala, on Tuesday ordered that the bodies of slain Maoists Kuppu Devaraj and Ajitha should be preserved till December 5. The court was hearing a petition filed by Sridhar, the brother of Kuppu Devaraj, and several human rights activists, who claimed that this was a fake encounter. Earlier, a Kozhikode court had instructed the state police to keep the bodies till this evening.
Sridhar’s advocate told the court that the autopsy held at Kozhikode medical college hospital was not satisfactory. The advocate said another plea would be filed for a re-postmortem with a team of expert doctors from other states.
After the November 24 ‘shootout’, several human rights defenders and political activists have come forward challenging the police version of ‘encounter’.
Several eminent personalities, including writers and artists, have urged for a judicial inquiry into the incident.