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Maoist Killing of Journalists

The Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) condemns the Maoist killing of Sai Reddy, a correspondent of the Hindi newspaper Deshbandhu, based in Bijapur in South Bastar, Chhattisgarh, on 6 December 2013. On 10 December 2013 the south regional committee of the Communist Party of India (CPI) (Maoist) claimed that Sai Reddy “played an active role against the people’s movement in Basaguda and Usur areas over last two decades”, and therefore, he was condemned to death.

Ironically, Sai Reddy not only wrote against Salwa Judum but was arrested by the police in 2008 and charged under the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act for allegedly being a Maoist supporter. Earlier, on 12 February 2013, the body of a local journalist Nemichand Jain, a stringer for Haribhoomi, Nai Duniya and Dainik Bhaskar was found near Nama village in Sukma district. After several months, in October 2013, the Dandakaranya special zonal committee of the CPI (Maoist) apologised for the killing of Jain and claimed that it was “a miscalculation and result of narrow-mindedness of the lower committee”.

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