The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) expresses its deep grief at the death of nearly hundred children who have succumbed to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Bihar, particularly in Muzaffarpur. CPI(M) calls upon both the Central and state health authorities to contain this raging epidemic on a war footing.
A delegation of the CPI(M) leaders in Bihar, led by Party state secretary, interacted with the guardians of the children who are victims of this tragedy and ascertained the circumstances and the cause for death of children. The CPI(M) will provide whatever assistance and help required, including a team of doctors, to contain this epidemic.
Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) conveys its heartfelt condolences to the families of the bereaved children.
(Hari Singh Kang)
For CPI(M) Central Committee Office