February 1, 2002

Press Statement

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) strongly 
condemns the killing of Comrade Ramnath Mahato, leader of the CPI(M) 
and agricultural workers movement in Bihar, on January 31. Com. 
Ramnath was shot dead while addressing a dharna of agricultural 
workers at Manda chowk in Samastipur district by a criminal gang 
linked to the landlords. Com. Mahato was a member of the state 
secretariat of the CPI(M) and secretary of the Bihar state Khetihar 
Mazdoor Union.

The heinous murder of Ramnath Mahato is one more killing perpetrated 
by the landlords through their criminal gangs. Ramnath Mahato was 
prominent in leading the agricultural workers movement in Samastipur 
district and championing the cause of the rural poor against the 
oppression of the feudal landlords. Com. Mahato courageously fought 
against the vested interests and was a dedicated leader of the rural 
poor. He became a member of the undivided Communist Party and joined 
the CPI(M) when it was formed in 1964. He was the secretary of the 
Samastipur district committee of the Party from 1972 to 1995. Only two 
days before his murder he was re-elected to the state committee and 
the secretariat at the state conference of the Party.

The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) expresses its deep concern at the state 
of law and order prevailing in Bihar. It demands of the state 
government prompt steps to arrest the culprits responsible for this 

The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) conveys its heartfelt condolences to 
the family members of Com. Ramnath Mahato.


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