People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


Vol. XXXIII

No. 42

October 18, 2009

 

AIKS Condemns Comrade Shakti Dey’s Murder

 

THROUGH a press statement issued from New Delhi by its president S Ramachandran Pillai and general secretary K Varadha Rajan on October 10, the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) has condemned the cruel and dastardly murder of Comrade Shakti Dey, member of the Chhattisgarh state kisan council (AIKS) and Kanker district committee member of the CPI(M), by Maoist killers. He was killed at his residence the previous evening by about a dozen armed Maoists. The killers knocked on his door and shot him point blank in front of his family members. He had been receiving threats from the Maoists for some time now, for working among the tribals, landless and poor peasants.

The statement recalled how Comrade Shakti Dey has long been working arduously for the cause of the agricultural workers and poor peasantry and how popular he was among the tribal people in Kanker district and Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. It described Comrade Dey’s death as a big loss to the democratic movement.

The AIKS has demanded immediate apprehension of the Maoist murderers and called upon the people to isolate the forces representing the politics of murder. It has extended condolences to and expressed solidarity with Comrade Dey’s wife and family members.