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Maoist Attack in Jharkand

On October 27, activists from the Communist Party of India (Maoist) opened fire on a group of people watching a cultural programme in Chikadhia village in Jharkhand. Eighteen people were killed on the spot, including Anup Marandi, the son of the former chief minister Babulal Marandi. One woman died later, taking the number of dead to 19.

The People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) strongly condemns the firing as such an attack on non-combatants is completely indefensible, even more so when it is perpetrated by a party that upholds progressive politics. The indiscriminate nature of the firing and its being carried out at a public function has the inherent danger of killing innocents. This is not the first time the CPI(Maoist) has fired into crowds: at the killing of Andhra Pradesh MLA Narsi Reddy last year in Mahbubnagar by CPI (Maoist), nine civilians died.

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