Press statement

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:

 Reports of violent attacks against the Christian minorities continue to pour in from Orissa. According to official estimates, over 32 people have been killed, over 2,000 houses destroyed and over 140 churches and prayer halls attacked and desecrated. Cognizance of serious crimes such as the gang rape of a nun and the public parading in the naked perpetrated six weeks earlier had not even been taken into account by the authorities, till exposed by the media.

 The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) demands that this case as well as the other serious ones are handed over to the CBI for investigation and speedy punishment of the guilty.