Adilabad: A 15-member team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday visited the scene of the alleged police encounter in which top Maoist Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad and freelance journalist Hemchandra Pandey were killed on July 2 last year.
Headed by CBI Joint Director V. V. Laxminarayana and comprising four officials from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), the team trekked through Sarkepalli forests in Wankidi mandal of Adilabad district to reach the spot. They reconstructed the sequence of events on the fateful night in an effort that took them two hours.
Mr. Laxminarayana said the investigation has been launched on the directions of the Supreme Court. He said the CBI had issued an FIR under Sections 302 and 120B of IPC. The investigation had begun on May 23 when the CBI perused records in the Kagaznagar police sub-division.
In the field, the investigators resorted to scientific methods besides roping in all the officers and special party policemen who had taken part in the encounter.
A mannequin was used to represent the dead body of Azad while the policemen accused of staging an encounter were made to go through all the motions of the gunfight that is said to have taken place on the intervening night of July 1 and 2, 2010. Hindu