Amnesty denounces Maoist mayhem in Chhattisgarh



New Delhi: The Amnesty International on Thursday condemned the recent killing of 27 people by Maoists in Chhattisgarh, saying the violence could put more civilians, including the local Adivasi communities, at risk.

"We unequivocally condemn the taking of hostages and murder of civilians in Chhattisgarh, which constitute serious human rights abuses," said Shashikumar Velath, Director of Programmes at Amnesty International India.

"Authorities must conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the attacks and bring those suspected of criminal responsibility to trial in fair proceedings without recourse to the death penalty", said Velath

He added they must ensure that Adivasi communities are protected from discrimination, violence and harassment.

"Both CPI (Maoist) and state forces must refrain from committing any attack that could directly or indirectly lead to civilian casualties. Authorities must also take immediate steps to guard against any attacks, including reprisal attacks, which could cause further civilian casualties," he said.

PTI