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Here's Why Fake ‘Encounter’ Killings Are Carried Out With Impunity Across India

The highest levels of government keep encouraging police, paramilitary and army units to eliminate "undesirables" even as the public cheers the rogue elements from the sidelines

Artwork by Saahil

Deep in the forests of Kerala’s Wayanad district, on February 18, 1970, a burst of gunfire shattered the calm. Minutes earlier, a 31-year-old man, with a thick mop of hair and a pencil moustache, was roused from his sleep by policemen who had raided the safehouse at Thirunelli.

Every year, Thirunelli village hosts thousands of mou­r­n­ers who travel to a local temple there to perform the last rites of their deceased kin. But on that February nig­ht in 1970, Thirunelli was to witness a different kind of last rite.

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