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Maoists apologise for killing innocent civilians in Sukma

The outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) has apologised for causing the death of two innocent civilians in Sukma district of south Chhattisgarh last month.

An eight-year-old girl Muchaki Sunila from Muraliguda village and an elderly woman Muchaki Harme were killed in two different pressure IED blasts on March 18 and 19 in Sukma.

“Both incidents are extremely sad and painful. We never thought some civilians would come in contact with the pressure IEDs which were actually meant for the security forces,” said a statement issued by Konta area committee of the CPI (Maoist).

“Our People's Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLAGA) had planted the IEDs to target policemen. But it was a mistake on the part of the PLGA that they did not guard the area to prevent civilians from coming in contact with the pressure IED. We accept our PLGA's mistake and seek forgiveness from the family members of the deceased and revolutionary masses,” the statement said.

Terming the incident “an accident”, the banned outfit refused to call the deaths as “killings.” “The family members of the deceased and revolutionary public should not be influenced by the police campaign of calling the accident as killings. Rather than calling it an accident, the State, and the police are making a big propaganda out of these two incidents. We are not terrorists and do not indulge in public killings. Our party has been leading a movement to provide just rights to the common public. We are fighting to build an equality based socialist society,” claimed the Maoist party.

The outfit had come under a lot of criticism after the IED blasts, especially after the eight-year old’s killing. The girl was blown into two pieces after she stepped on the IED near a tree.

The Maoists’ statement repeatedly begged for forgiveness for the blasts.

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