killings in Chattisgarh condemned
Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights today condemned the killing
of over 30 innocent tribals and injuring of equal numbers by the
Naxalites at Darmagura village under Arabore police station of Dantewara
district in Chhattisgarh yesterday i.e. 28 February 2006 as an act
of "terror" and demanded to bring the culprits to justice.
About 100 villagers were returning from Errapore to Konta in two
trucks when the Maoists triggered a landmine blast on the vehicle
near Darphaguda. The actual figures of death and wounded are yet
to be ascertained.
senseless killings by the Naxalites are acts of terrorism and violate
the basic principles of international humanitarian laws. Nothing
can justify such killings."
- stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights.
The victims were returning after
participating in the ongoing state-sponsored anti-Naxal drive called
Salwa Judum or March of Peace.
on the Salwa Jadum, Asian Centre for Human Rights stated, "The
Salwa Jadum has started a virtual civil war in Chattisgarh and increased
the risks of the civilians without any guarantees for safety and
security. The State government of Chattisgarh has a positive responsibility
to protect the right to life of the citizens and must not knowingly
increase their risks to violations of the right to life."
- Stated Mr Suhas Chakma.
Asian Centre for Human Rights
urged the State government of Chattisgarh not to further risk the
right to life of the innocent tribals by stopping Salwa Jadum and
to bring the culprits to justice.