About 50 Maoist sympathisers gathered at a community hall here on Saturday evening to observe the first death anniversary of Koteshwar Rao, alias Kishenji. Sources said members of the state organising committee and the Kolkata city committee of the banned CPI(Maoist) were present at the condolence meeting.
This was, perhaps, the biggest gathering of Maoists in the city since September 21, 2004, when leaders of the outfit met the media to announce the merger of erstwhile CPI(ML) (PW) and MCCI to form the CPI(Maoist).
“A similar programme was held in Jangalmahal, where several leaders participated,” the source said. The ultras also released a publication in the memory of the slain leader.
“The meeting took place at a community hall near Sealdah, where some human rights activists and students were present. We have no knowledge whether any state committee member was present there,” claimed an officer attached to the special task force (STF) of Kolkata Police.
“Even though we had information about the meeting, there was no instruction to arrest anybody,” the officer added.
Kishenji died in a gun battle with the security forces in the forests of Burishole, within Jamboni police station limits, on November 24, 2011.