The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
Condemn Ghastly Killings in UP
The ghastly killing of Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf while in police custody and in front of the media shows that Uttar Pradesh has become a completely lawless state.
The manner in which two men were murdered in the presence of heavy police escort points towards official connivance. This must be seen in the background of the repeated spate of encounter killings which are nothing but extra judicial murders.
The Adityanath government is directly responsible for this state of affairs.
There has to be a high-level inquiry with a sitting judge of the High Court heading it. All those behind these murders must be identified and stringent action must be taken.
For CPI(M) Central Committee Office