The revelation by staff at the Wayanad resort on TV channels that it was the police who opened fire first where suspected Maoist activist CP Jaleel was killed on Wednesday night has left the special squad Thunderbolt under a cloud of suspicion.
His body was found lying face down and he was shot from behind, raising serious questions about he being killed in a straight encounter.
Also, the police claim that the activists had AK47 rifles though the gun seized from the site was a country-made one.
On Thursday morning, Kannur range IG Balram Kumar Upadhyay said police resorted to such an action after the Maoists began firing. The provocation was from the side of the militants, he had said.
But resort staff said two suspected activists came to the resort at Vythiri, close to the National Highway, by late Wednesday evening and demanded food for 10 people and Rs 50,000. While food was being prepared, police reached the site and soon began firing. The activists left the reception counter soon after the firing began.