Kolkata: Three days after the elimination of top Maoist leader Malojula Koteswara Rao alias Kishenji, speculations over his encounter refuse to die down. According to the West Bengal government and security forces, Kishenji was killed in an encounter on Thursday, whereas the Opposition leaders and Maoist groups have alleged that the TMC government is responsible for the cold-blooded murder of the Maoist leader.

While Maoist sympathizers continue their hue and cry over the issue, one cannot overlook the fact that more than 3,000 people have been killed by Maoists in the past six years. The list of slain persons includes 607 from West Bengal alone. Among them were 65 personnel from security forces.  

This year, more 43 people were killed in West Bengal till November 20. In the encounter between the Maoist and the police six red rebels had also lost their lives.

Even if the history of the Maoist movement dates back to the 70s’, but the tough stand adopted by the present government has forced such groups to take up arms and turn rebels. 

According to the data available with the police, the red terror group had killed 5 civilians and 1 security personnel in 2005, 9 civilians and 7 security personnel in 2006, 5 civilians in 2007, 19 civilians and 4 security personnel in 2008, 134 civilians and 15 security personnel in 2009, and 328 civilians and 36 security personnel in 2010 which majorly included casualties in the Gyaneshwari Express derails which killed at least sixty five passengers.

However during the course of time the Bengal police was also successful in gunning down 76 Maoists.
Interestingly, even after such casualty of civilians and security personnel over the year, there has been no such noise about the deaths. But after the killing of Maoist leaders like Azad and Kishenji who were responsible for taking away lives of many innocent people, the police and the security personnel were immediately brought to the dock.

JPN/Bureau