Naxals condemned for massacre of civilians in Jharkhand

New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) today condemned the killing of five innocent villagers, including two students by the cadres of the Communist Party of India (Maoists) at Pundigiri in Ranchi district of Jharkhand on the night of 6 September 2009 as a blatant violation of the international humanitarian law, the Geneva Conventions. The Maoists reportedly abducted the five villagers and executed them on the charge of being police informers.

Earlier on 28 August 2009, the Maoists had shot dead four villagers, including a woman and a 12-year-old girl at Bundu village near Pundigiri in Ranchi district.

“The killings are acts of terrorism. The culprits must be brought to justice, and the State must examine the culpability of the leadership of the Communist Party of India (Maoists) for these wanton killings.” – stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director, Asian Centre for Human Rights.

ACHR stated that without the sanction of the leadership of the CPI (Maoists) these systematic killings of civilians cannot take place. ACHR urged the Maoists leadership to immediately stop the killing of innocent civilians.

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