SUCI, electoral ally of ruling Trinamool Congress, on Monday demanded setting up of an independent investigation committee to look into the circumstances that led to the death of Maoist leader Kishenji.
"The civil society and a number of rights organisations are claiming that he was murdered in cold blood. People of the state are eager to know what really happened. So the chief minister must set up an independent investigation committee so that people know the truth," SUCI said in a statement.
The committee should be chaired by a retired Supreme Court judge and comprise representatives of human rights organisations from all over the country. It should submit its reports within two months of formation, the statement said.
Accusing the previous Left Front government of sitting over the Maoist problem, the statement said the present government should immediately sit for talks with jailed PCPA leader Chhatradhar Mahato and the 'so-called' Maoists.
"Using force to solve the problem will make the issue like a festering wound which will never heal," he said.