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

Stop Intimidation : Hold Impartial Probe into Loni Encounter

The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) condemns and rejects the utterly false and malicious accusations being made by the BJP MLA of Loni, Ghaziabad against Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat of  “encouraging cow slaughter” of “creating communal disharmony”  etc. and trying to pressure police to file an FIR against her.

This is after a CPI(M) delegation led by Brinda Karat visited the homes of the victims of the recent police atrocity in Loni,  where the police inflicted identical injuries on seven young men, all Muslims in a so-called encounter. However, instead of filing cases against the policemen involved the seven victims have been locked up.  The  MLA who led vigilante groups in support of the police action on highly communal grounds has now tried to threaten and intimidate those who stand by the victims. The CPI(M) reiterates its demand for an impartial probe into the incident. It demands action against all those acting to thwart justice.