CHRI Condemns Maoist Violence in Jharkhand and Maharashtra

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New Delhi, Oct.12 (ANI): The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has condemned the killings and gory violent means being adopted by Maoists in the last few days.

The merciless beheading of the police officer in Jharkhand and the brutal murder of 18 police personnel in Gadchiroli is shocking and such mindless bloodshed cannot be justified as a means to achieving any end in a democracy and the perpetrators need to be brought to justice before the law.

In a statement, the CHRI urged the Maoists to abjure the path of violence and come to a common negotiating platform to resolve grievances within the democratic frame of the Indian polity.

"At the same time we urge governments at the Centre and states to arrive at an early resolution of the conflict by exploring all channels of negotiations with the Maoists. The CHRI also believes that the recent promise of the Home Minister to wipe out the Maoists will not solve the problem," the statement said.

"A resolution can be brought about only by genuine negotiations and providing just solutions to long standing grievances. Governments at Centre and state levels need to generate confidence among the people that they are equal partners in the process of conciliation. Without this the mindless cycle of violence will continue consuming innocent lives and will hold back democracy and developments in large parts of the country," the statement added. (ANI)

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