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PUCL Bulletin, April 2010

PUCL condemns the killing of pramilitary soldiers in Chhattisgarh

7 April 2010

PUCL strongly condemns the killings of more than 70 para military soldiers by the CPI (Maoists) on 6 April in dantewada , Chhattisgarh. Our heartfelt sympathies are with the family members of the killed soldiers who laid their lives in line of the duty.

PUCL emphatically believes that a military offensive against the Maoists in the form of Operation Green Hunt or in any other name in the insurgency effected central India cannot be a solution to the problem that has social, economic and political dimensions. The ongoing cycle of violence is resulting into serious collateral damage of human lives and general violation of human rights of the masses.

We appeal to the national and state governments and the Maoists to immediately eschew the violence and engage in constructive dialogue to address the real issues effecting the people like forced corporate / state acquisition of land, displacement, tribal rights and the lack of governance.

-- Pushkar Raj General Secretary

People's Union for Civil Liberties, 81 Sahayoga Apartmrnts, Mayur Vihar I, Delhi 110091, India. Phone (91) 11 2275 0014