New Delhi, Oct 3: CPI today strongly condemned the police firing on farmers in Jharkhand on Saturday that claimed at least four lives and demanded a high-level judicial probe into it.
Terming the incident as "atrocious", the party also sought adequate compensation to the next of kin of those killed and to those wounded, CPI National Secretary D Raja said.
"In the name of mining, land of poor farmers was being grabbed and such heinous atrocities are being perpetrated on those who lost their lands and were protesting," he said.
At least four people were killed and dozens injured when police opened fire on people demanding suspension of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) mining sites in Barkagaon, on the outskirts of Hazaribagh, on Saturday.
The CPI(M), CPI(ML), Marxist Coordination Committee, SUCI (C) have also condemned the "indiscriminate firing" by the police on villagers who were on a sit-in demonstration at NTPC mining area at Barkagaon, demanding proper compensation and employment for the displaced. The Left Parties had also organised protest actions in the state yesterday.