The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the killings perpetrated by the gangs belonging to an extremist Bodo organisation. Forty eight adivasis including women and children were shot dead in five places in the jurisdiction of the Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District (BTAD) in Assam.
These brutal killings are part of the extremists’ drive for ethnic cleansing in the BTAD area in Assam. In 2012, there was a massive attack against Bengali-speaking Muslims and before that in 2000 adivasis were targeted. All democratic forces should unitedly counter such reactionary ethnic chauvinism.
Firm action should taken to curb and dismantle the NDFB extremist group. It is the responsibility of the Assam government and the Centre to ensure the safety and protection of the non-Bodo communities in the BTAD area. All steps should be taken for the medical treatment of the injured, adequate compensation to the families of those killed and rehabilitation measures.