The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
False Encounters in Kashmir : Punish the Guilty
The revelations of false encounters in Jammu & Kashmir in which innocent people were branded as terrorists and killed in cold blood are shocking. So far, five cases of innocent persons being shot as terrorists by the police and army have come to light. The fact that such killings were motivated by greed for reward and promotions shows the degeneration which has set-in in sections of the forces of law and order.
The people of Kashmir valley have every reason to feel outraged. The Polit Bureau conveys its heartfelt sympathy to the families of the victims. Every single officer and personnel of the police and the army responsible for these atrocities must be arrested and tried for murder and abetment of murder. The concerned army units involved in the false encounters must be withdrawn.
The state and the Central government must show by the firm action taken that they will not tolerate any extra-legal actions and violations of human rights by the security forces.