Naxal leaders must be held responsible for the Jharkhand killings
New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) today condemned the killing of seventeen persons by the armed Naxalites in Jharkhand's Giridih district on the night of 26 October 2007 as “violations of all laws of war”. The victims including the son of former Jharkhand Chief Minister Babulal Marandi were participating in a local tribal festival at Chilkhadi village of the Giridih district.
“The killing of innocent civilians violates all laws of war, constitutes crimes against humanity as defined under the international humanitarian laws and the Rome Statute of International Criminal Court. No political ideology or demand can justify such acts of terrorism targetting the innocent civilians.” – stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of ACHR.
“The Communist Party of India (Maoists) is an organization having recognised command structure and its leadership must be held responsible for such premeditated killing of innocent civilians.” – further stated Mr Chakma.
The State must take appropriate measures to bring the perpetrators to justice.
According to the estimates of the Asian Centre for Human Rights at least 384 persons including 129 civilians, 162 security forces and 93 alleged Naxalites have been killed in the Naxal conflict during January to September 2007. Chhattisgarh (208), followed by Andhra Pradesh (59), Jharkhand (44) and Bihar (28) have been worst affected by the Naxalite conflict.