Cong stands by Trinamool chief

A day after Banerjee termed killing of Azad by security forces in Andhra Pradesh as a “murder”, the Congress said that it had “never supported fake encounters and always made distinctions between genuine and fake encounters.”

The party also said that the country’s democratic system had several inherent mechanisms to redress any concerns over propriety of an administrative action and one could resort to those if he or she had any doubt on an encounter.

The Congress, however, shied away from stating in clear terms if it too felt the same way as Banerjee did about the encounter that had resulted in the death of the Maoists’ chief spokesman on July 2 last.

“It is not our job to certify a government or administrative action,” said the AICC  spokesman Manish Tiwari. “If anybody has concerns over an encounter or a certain administrative action, he or she can move the court or National Human Rights Commission.”
Though Banerjee’s rally in Lalgarh in West Bengal on Monday and her remark on killing of Azad drew flak from the BJP and leftist parties, the Congress sought to stand by its largest ally in the UPA, albeit ensuring that it did not appear to be echoing her.

Tiwari pointed out that Banerjee’s remarks in Lalgarh on the need the stress on development to counter the ultra-leftist extremism was well in line with the approach of the Congress.

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