Condemn Massacre Of Leaders And Workers Of The Congress Party
By Concerned Citizens
26 May, 2013
We, the undersigned, strongly condemn the horrific massacre of leaders and workers of the Congress Party carried out by the CPI(Maoist) in Chhattisgarh on Saturday. We also wish to express our deepest condolences to the families of all those killed including the security personnel accompanying the convoy of Congressmen returning from an political rally at Sukma in Bastar district.
The killing of senior state Congress leaders and their cadre is particularly barbaric and reprehensible as they had, in the course of the Maoist ambush, become captives or had surrendered voluntarily. This is tantamount to cold-blooded murder of prisoners in custody, an act that goes against all norms even in a state of civil or international wars. It is also most foul as Maoists have tried to stop political activity they do not agree through violent means.
The latest Maoist action will only invite even more state repression in the area. The CPI(Maoist) leadership, which authorized the attack, seem to have cynically calculated that such increased repression will swell their numbers and help their movement grow. If that is the case then their politics is as evil as those they claim to be fighting against and should be shunned by all those who stand for democratic norms in political struggles for peace with justice.
We call upon the Congress Party, the state and central governments to exercise great restraint in their response to the Maoist atrocity.
Abha Dev Habib, Associate Professor, Delhi University
Apoorvanand, Professor, Delhi University
Anivar Arvind, IT Engineer, Bangalore
Arshad Ajmal, Social activist, Patna
Dilip Simeon, Academic, New Delhi
Jagadish, Trade Unionist , Bangalore
Kavita Srivastava, PUCL, Rajasthan
Satya Sivaraman, Journalist, New Delhi
Shabnam Hashmi, ANHAD, Delhi
Vinod Raina , Educationist, Delhi
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