New Delhi : Taking note of allegations that Maoist leader Kishenji was killed in a staged shootout, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Monday said it will collect facts about the incident.
In a statement issued here, the NHRC said it has asked its Director General (Investigation) to collect facts on the Nov 24 shootout.
“The National Human Rights Commission has taken cognizance of a complaint alleging that Maoist leader Koteshwara Rao alia Kishenji was killed in a fake encounter in West Bengal,” the statement said.
“The Commission today asked its Director General (Investigation) to collect facts and requisite reports within six weeks,” it said.
Kishenji was killed in a gunfight with security forces at Burisole jungle in West Midnapore district of West Bengal on Nov 24.
Rights activists have alleged he was tortured and killed in captivity and it was later shown as a shootout death.