`Naxals killed 21 in kangaroo courts this year`

Last Updated: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 15:20

New Delhi: As the CPI (Maoist) continues its violent activities, the Centre on Friday said the Naxals have set up many kangaroo courts which brutally executed 21 persons
this year itself after holding them guilty.

Home Minister P Chidambaram said the CPI (Maoist) holds courts called `Jan Adalats`, tries the `accused`, sentences many of them to death and executes them in full public view in order to strike terror in the hearts of the villagers.

"The number of `Jan Adalats` has risen to 48 in the current year up to August 31 -- up from 38 in the corresponding period last year. The number of persons executed
has risen to 21 from 11 last year," he said.

The Home Minister said the Maoists continued their violent activities across Left Wing Extremist-affected states and their main targets were policemen and alleged `police
informers`.

"Every one who swears by the rule of law must condemn these kangaroo courts and brutal executions," he said.

PTI



First Published: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 15:20

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