PUDR condemns Maoists

July 29th, 2011 - 10:56 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) The People’s Union For Democratic Rights (PUDR) Friday condemned what it said were Maoist threats to activists probing the murder of an activist in Jharkhand.

It condemned the threats issued by the the Communist Party of India-Maoist to members of Gram Swaraj Abhiyan and to others investigating the killing of Niyamat Ansari in Jharkhand.

Ansari, convenor of Manika block unit of Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, was killed March 2 this year.

PUDR voiced concern over posters and printed leaflets said to have been brought out by the CPI-Maoist threatening to “punish” Gokul Vasant, Nand Lal, Jean Dreze and Aruna Roy for claiming Ansari’s innocence.

The CPI-Maoist has owned up and justified the killing of Ansari claiming he was involved in corrupt practices.

“PUDR finds this kind of intolerant behaviour by the CPI-Maoist wholly unacceptable,” it said.

“We urge the CPI-Maoist to recognize that people have a right to criticize and a right to carry on politics in accordance with their beliefs.

“Intolerance of people’s rights to question does not pave the way for a just society.”

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