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    Top Maoist Kishenji missing, Govt silent

    New Delhi: The mystery over whether CPI(Maoist) leader Koteshwar Rao alias Kishenji is dead or alive shows no signs of getting over any time soon.

    Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday cleverly parried questions on Kishenji during a press conference in New Delhi.

    When asked about the whereabouts of Kishenji, Chidambaram only said that the top Maoist seems to have not contacted the media in the last few days.

    "Well he has not called any of the media persons in last 10 days," said Chidambaram.

    There has been no news about Kishenji ever since a gunfight in West Bengal last week. There have been reports that Kishenji was injured during a 12-hour long gunfight with security forces near the forest in West Bengal's Lalgarh.

    The 51-year-old Maoist leader is a member of CPI(Maoist) Politburo and Central Military Commission. He is in charge of all the Maoist operations in West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and Chhattisgarh.