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Legitimising Murder

The Andhra Pradesh (AP) police is propagating all sorts of malicious propaganda to desperately hide the fact that they had killed my husband Hem Chandra Pandey in a fake encounter. Instead of a judicial probe into the matter, they are regularly harassing me in various ways. The police, without taking my permission, raided our house in Shastri Nagar and now they are claiming “the seizure of objectionable things” from the house. The claim by AP police that I had not disclosed the address of my house is completely bogus. Both my address as well as my phone number were with them, yet they did not inform me before barging into my house.

I used to stay in A-96 Shastri Nagar with my husband Hem Chandra Pandey. He was a progressive journalist. He was deeply interested in literature and politics. He had, in his collections, many books ranging from those by Maxim Gorky to the progressive poet of Uttarakhand, Girda. I want to ask whether studying Marxism is a crime in our country. I have no knowledge of the so-called objectionable documents that the police are claiming to have seized from my house. My husband owned a desktop computer but never had a laptop. He did not own any thing like a fax machine either. The claim that there were “secret documents” in my house is completely baseless. I strongly feel the police is trying to divert the demand for a judicial probe into Hem’s killing. I would like to ask why the government is constantly avoiding the demand for a judicial enquiry.

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