Kolkata: The recent killing of top Maoist leader Kishenji in an encounter by the security forces in the forest of Burisole in West Midnapore district on Thursday has ignited the tussle between civil rights group 'Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR)' and the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government.

At a time when the government is talking about peace talks and had appointed sympathizers to negotiate with the Maoists to curb the Naxal menace, the sudden killing of a top Maoist leader has termed the presence of mediator mere superficial.  While the Maoists have denied of any peace talks after the incident, many of the symphathisers have indicated of resigning their positions as most of them are directly linked with APDR.

APDR is in divergence with the government since the time when it was denied permission to hold the protest at Metro channel area in the city hub. Following the denial, it had alleged that the democracy was in a serious threat while the voices of dictatorship were clearly audible in Mamata’s regime. It has also charged the Chief Minister of making false promises as a part of election winning gimmick.

Echoing the similar views, renowned writer Mahasweta Devi had also termed the state government "fascist” in a press conference called by the APDR.

However, denying the charges, Mamata had launched a scathing attack on the rights group and warned of taking stringent action against the well-wishers of Maoists. Following which, Mahasweta had tried to cover up the emerging conflicts by writing a letter to the CM confirming her loyality.

The Maoist sympathisers, rights groups and political outfits demanded an inquiry on Friday into the shootout, alleging that the encounter was staged after the 58-year-old Maoist politburo member was arrested by the security forces.

Making the demands more audible, famous poet and longtime Maoist ideologue P Varavara Rao on Saturday claimed that slain rebel leader was killed in a 'staged encounter' and held Mamata responsible for the death.

Moreover, he had also warned of approaching the High Court against the government over the Kishenji’s death.

JPN/Bureau