Kerala – Nilambur Encounter: Janakeeya Manushyavakasha Prashthanam (People’s Human Rights Movement) demands Judicial Investigation

November 25, 2016

There have been reports confirming the death of two Maoists in an exchange of fire between police and Maoists in Nilambur in Kerala.

At first the reports mentioned three deaths. Now the news reports suggest that one of them is in police custody. DGP of Kerala has said that the encounter was carried out on the basis of intelligence on the presence of Maoists and that Kerala police have been extremely efficient.

He also added that more details of the encounter will be made public tomorrow after collecting more information. His statement reveals that police knew exact details regarding Maoist movements in the area. Local residents have not heard any gunshots during the time of the encounter.

This strongly indicates a unilateral attack by police and paramilitary forces. We cannot rule out the possibility of a fake encounter.

In these circumstances, Janakeeya Manushyavakasha Prasthanam demands a judicial inquiry which adheres to the Supreme court directions in the PUCL vs State of Maharashtra case in 2014 regarding fake encounters. We also strongly demand that the police produce anyone under custody in court without delay.

The proceedings of the post mortem examination should be video graphed as per the Supreme Court directions. Janakeeya Manushyavakasha Prasthanam demands that the relatives of the deceased should be informed of their deaths and the bodies should be handed over to them.

Secretary: Adv. Thushar Nirmal Ph: +91 9633027792

President: C. P. Rasheed Ph: +91 8547263302