Maoist leader Azad cremated
Posted by Admin on July 5, 2010
Touching moments:Former Janashakti leader Amar and others consoling the mother of Maoist leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad who was killed in a fake encounter.
HYDERABAD: The body of top Maoist leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad, who was killed in an “encounter” with police a few days ago, was cremated at the Punjagutta crematorium on Sunday afternoon in the presence of family members and sympathisers.
Hundreds of sympathisers, including revolutionary poets Varavara Rao and Kalyan Rao, balladeer Gadar, surrendered naxalite Sambasivudu, former Janashakti leader Amar, actor R. Narayanamurthy and others paid tributes to the slain Maoist. Azad, a senior member of CPI (Maoist) Central Committee, was killed along with another person on July 2 in an encounter in Adilabad district.
The body of the banned outfit’s spokesman was earlier brought to the city after conducting an autopsy at the government hospital at Mancherial in Adilabad district and preserved at a corporate hospital on Minister’s Road in Secunderabad. On Sunday morning, the body was shifted to Azad’s relatives’ house at Doctors Colony in Madhapur.
A funeral procession was taken out from Doctors Colony to Punjagutta crematorium where the body was cremated. Mr. Gadar said a murder case should be registered against those responsible for the incident. He wanted to know on whose account Rs.12 lakh reward announced on Azad’s name was deposited. Mr. Varavara Rao criticised the UPA government for “killing those fighting for the welfare of people”.