The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
Dhemaji Killings Condemned
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) expresses deep shock and strongly condemns the horrific killing of 13 people, mostly school children at Dhemaji in Assam. The terrorist attack by a bomb blast took place when the children and other people had assembled for the Independence Day parade. This horrific crime came in the background of the call for a boycott by the ULFA of the Independence Day celebrations. The Polit Bureau conveys its heartfelt condolences to all the families of those killed in this dastardly attack.
The state government should spare no effort to hunt down the culprits responsible for this heinous crime. The government should also urgently enquire into how the blast in Dhemaji and other places took place when heightened security arrangements were in place for the Independence Day.
All the democratic political forces in Assam must unitedly mobilise the people to isolate the extremists and disruptive elements who have no compunctions in targeting innocent children and people.