Victims of Naxal violence stage protests at Jantar Mantar

The protesters, including women, have come to the national capital from the Naxal-hit states of Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Jharkhand and Bihar.

Last Updated: Dec 19, 2011, 16:39 PM IST

New Delhi: Hundreds of victims of Naxal
violence and their family members on Monday staged a demonstration
at Jantar Mantar here denouncing the extremists and demanding
rehabilitation and security.

The protesters, including women, have come to the
national capital from the Naxal-hit states of Chhattisgarh,
Orissa, Jharkhand and Bihar.

"These people have come from Naxal-affected states with
demands like uniform compensation for victims of Maoist
violence, job opportunities for them and security from
Naxalites," Colonel (retd) Jaybans Singh, coordinator for the
victims, said.

Most of the protesters have direct or indirectly faced
Naxal violence and exploitation while some of them lost their
close relatives due to Maoist atrocities.

"Government must eliminate the Naxals as they are evil to
the society. They are nothing but killers," Hari Singh, a
Chhattisgarh native whose brother was killed by the Maoist,
said.

The demonstrators demanded that the Central government
provide better and timely security, rehabilitation and jobs to
the families of the victims. A memorandum was also sent to
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh requesting his intervention.

The protest was organised at the behest of Naxal Visthapit
Seva Sansthan, Chhattisgarh, Prayas Bharti Trust, Bihar,
Nagrik Suraksha Samiti, Jharkhand and Udan, Koraput, Orissa.

The group of people also held a candle light vigil at
Jantar Mantar yesterday to press for their demands.

PTI