PRESS STATEMENT: NHRC condemns killing of 25 CRPF personnel by Naxalites in Chhattisgarh(25.04.2017)

New Delhi, 25th April, 2017
"The National Human Rights Commission is disturbed over the killing of 25 CRPF personnel by the Naxalites while on duty for securing road construction work in the Burkapal area of Sukma in Chhattisgarh on the 24th April, 2017 and condemns it.

The Commission stands for upholding human rights of all in the country and is consistent in its firm belief that the acts of violence are an anti-thesis to the struggle for protection of human rights.

A loss of life of any innocent person, whether in force or a civilian, is a matter of violation of human rights. As part of a civilized nation, every citizen should stand up in condemning all such incidents that lead to death and destruction in place of development, peace, progress and prosperity. As part of a civil society, if we can question and make the security forces accountable for failing in their duties, we are also accountable for our duties towards nation building.

In a similar unfortunate incident in April, 2010 over 70 CRPF personnel were killed in line of duty by the Naxalites in Chhattisgarh, which was condemned by the NHRC but sadly not much has changed in terms of the attitude of certain elements towards security personnel given a spate of violent attacks on them, particularly, in Chhattisgarh and some other parts of the country, which is a cause of worry and need self introspection on part of all the stakeholders in the interest of the country.

It is expected that the State will take note of the sacrifices made by the personnel of CRPF in maintaining the rule of law and creating an environment of peace and security in the country, and the aggrieved families would be suitably compensated."