Hyderabad, Oct 24 : Revolutionary poet Varavara Rao on Monday alleged that police killed Maoists after attacking one of their meetings near the Andhra-Odisha border. Disputing police claim that Maoists were killed in an exchange of fire, he said it was deliberate attack on a Maoist meeting.
Over 20 Maoists were killed in the alleged gunbattle in Malkangiri district of Odisha on Monday. The incident occurred during a joint search operation by police forces of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.
Some top Maoist leaders are suspected to be among those killed. Most of the slain Maoist cadre hailed from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.Varavara Rao demanded that a murder case be booked against the policemen involved in the attack.
"Did Maoists carry out any attack after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh? Then where was the need for this fake encounter?" asked Rao, a leader of Veerasam, a body of revolutionary writers.
Rao also demanded an inquiry into the incident by a sitting judge of the high court. He said the bodies of Maoists should be brought to Visakhapatnam.