People's Democracy

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


No. 42

October 20, 2013




Unacceptable Judgement


The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) issued the following statement on October 11, 2013.


THE acquittal of all the accused in the Laxmanpur Bathe case by a division bench of the Patna High Court is an unacceptable judgement. The lower court had sentenced sixteen of the accused to death and given life sentence to ten others. To now give them the “benefit of doubt” when there is no doubt that fifty eight dalits were massacred in the village raises questions about the verdict.


Is it just a coincidence that in other such cases also where dalits have been killed by upper caste private armies the accused have been acquitted?


The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) demands that the Bihar state government appeal without delay against this flawed judgement.


It also reiterates its earlier demand for appeal against the judgement of the Patna High Court which had acquitted Pappu Yadav in the murder of CPI(M) MLA, Ajit Sarkar, even though he was found guilty by the lower court.