Maoists call two-day Bengal shutdown

Kolkata : Maoist guerrillas Friday called a two-day shutdown in West Bengal from Saturday to protest against the killing of rebel leader Kishenji in what they said was a “fake encounter”.

They have also sought an independent probe into the death of Kishanji, a politburo member of the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist.

Police sayd he was killed in a firefight in West Midnapore district Thursday.

Akash, a Maoist state committee member, alleged that Kishenji was arrested and then gunned down in cold blood.

“Our people were present close to the spot where he was arrested. We are convening a two-day shutdown in protest against the killing by the state agencies. We demand an independent probe into the circumstances leading to his death,” said Akash.

Kishenji’s bullet riddled body with a part of the face blown off was shown to journalists Thursday night.

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