Ker govt not considering judicial probe into killing ofMaoists: CM

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 18 (PTI) Kerala Chief MinisterPinarayi Vijayan on Monday ruled out a judicial inquiry fornow into the recent killing of four Maoists in an allegedencounter and said a magisterial probe was on to look into thelapses on behalf of police, if any.

Speaking in the state assembly, he stuck to hisearlier stand that the police opened fire only after Maoistsattacked them.

'We are not considering judicial probe at this pointof time,' Vijayan told the House in reply to a question.

He said the agenda of the Maoists was to destroydemocratic institutions and create unrest.

'Police fired back in self-defence. The Maoists wereobstructing the duty of the police. We are looking intoallegations about the lapses on behalf of the police. Amagisterial inquiry is on,' Vijayan said.

Four Maoists were killed in an exchange of fire duringa two-day police combing operations in Attapady in Palakkaddistrict that started on October 28.

The Opposition had alleged that the Left governmenthas been killing Maoists instead of capturing them alive.

Since 2016, when the LDF government came to power inthe state, a total of seven Maoists have been killed.

The police have already tightened security for theChief Minister after four suspected Maoists were killed in analleged encounter with Kerala's specialised Thunderbolt policein a forest area near Attapady. PTI RRTSS SS