By Communist Party of the Philippines
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and all Filipino revolutionary forces join the Indian people in condemning the summary execution of Comrade Azad (Cherukuri Rajkumar) and his companion Comrade Hem Pandey (Jitender) by the fascist Indian police last July 2 in the Adilabad jungles near the Maharashtra border, Andhra Pradesh.
Comrades Azad and Hem Pandey were en route to meet other comrades in Nagpur District, Maharashtra when they were abducted by the notorious Andhra Pradesh Special Branch Police. They were likely flown by helicopter to the jungles where they were summarily executed.
To cover up its fascist crime, the Indian police claim that Comrade Azad was killed in an armed encounter and to have recovered an AK-47 rifle at the scene. According to reports, Comrade Azad was traveling unarmed when he was accosted. His killing was carried out by the Indian police in cold blood and in complete disregard of international laws of war.
Comrade Azad was a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India and served as its spokesperson. He was a disciplined student of Marxism-Leninism-Maoism who dedicated three and a half decades of his life to the revolutionary struggle of the Indian people. He was well regarded for living a simple life and working hard for the revolutionary cause. His death is mourned by the working class and oppressed people of India, the Philippines and the world over.
The CPP pays the highest revolutionary tribute to Comrade Azad and encourages all its members and revolutionary forces under its leadership to read and study the life story of Comrade Azad and be inspired by his revolutionary dedication.