Maoists’ dastardly attack on
civilians in Chhattisgarh uncondonable

New Delhi: "The dastardly attack on a civilian bus by the Maoists in Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh on 17 May 2010 killing at least 35 people including 24 civilians and 11 Special Police Officers (SPOs) is uncondonable" - stated Asian Centre for Human Rights in a press release today. Several others injured when the Maoists blew up the civilian bus between Gadiras and Chingavaram in Dantewada district.

“Any attack on civilians by the Maoists cannot be condoned. Such attacks on civilians violates international humanitarian law and constitute war crime under Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.” stated Suhas Chakma, Director of the Asian Centre for Human Rights.

“This is not the first dastardly attack on civilians by the Maoists which is a clear violation of the Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions.” -further stated Mr Chakma.

ACHR urged the Maoists not to attack civilians. The ACHR also recommended that security forces should not travel on civilian buses as this increases the risk to the lives of the civilians. [Ends]

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