Left condemn Jharkhand nun`s murder

Valsa John had been fighting for the rights of the tribals and against their displacement due to mining activities since 1995.

New Delhi: Left parties on Thursday condemned the
murder of a Jharkhand nun who was spearheading an anti-
displacement movement against the mining mafia in her district
and demanded urgent action to nab the culprits.

Maintaining that her killing was a result of the " threat
posed to the mining mafia", the CPI(M) Politburo said, "Valsa John had been fighting for the rights of the tribals and
against their displacement due to mining activities since
1995."

The party asked the state administration to take
immediate steps to arrest the culprits and initiate their
speedy trial.

CPI National Secretary D Raja demanded a thorough probe
into the incident, saying, "The role of security forces should
also be probed. There cannot be any complacency in this case.
All angles must be investigated."

The 52-year-old nun, who hailed from Kerala`s Ernakulam
district and was living in the Pakur district of Jharkhand for
12 years, was beaten with sticks and then axed to death on
Tuesday night, the police said, adding an FIR has been
registered in the case. The local people had launched a stir
against the coal mafia fearing displacement.

PTI

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