The body of top Maoist leader Kishenji, who was killed in an encounter with security forces, was on Saturday flown to his native village in Andhra Pradesh as a two-day bandh called by the ultras to protest his killing evoked partial response.
The ambulance carrying Kishenji's body in a coffin from Midnapore was diverted to gate number seven at the NSB International Airport meant for VIPs and put onboard a cargo aircraft after the rights body Association for Protection of Democratic Rights demonstrated near the domestic terminal.
The body was brought by ambulance to Kolkata, a distance of over 150 km away escorted by a pilot car after the police turned down the demand by Kishenji's niece, Deepa Rao, revolutionary poet Varvara Rao and APDR activists to take it back home at their own cost.
The body would be taken to Kishenji's home at Peddapalli in Karimnagar district of Andhra Pradesh in accordance with a decision of the West Bengal government.
The body was identified earlier by Deepa Rao, who had seen him last when she was only four years old, at the morgue at the Midnapore hospital. She was accompanied by Varvara Rao who reiterated the charge that Kishenji was killed in a fake encounter.
APDR activists raised slogans 'Amar Rahe Kishenji' while hundreds of people who thronged the Midnapore Medical College and Hospital, where the post mortem of the body was done, counter-shouted that the Maoist leader should not be given a matryr's funeral.
The state government has entrusted the CID to investigate the killing of the Maoist leader, official sources said.