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Monks and nuns were hacked to death and then set afire by Marxist cadres in Kolkata.

On April 30, 1992, a Hindu organization's sixteen monks and a nun were killed and set on fire in broad daylight near Ballygunge in Kolkata.

On April 30, 1992, a Hindu organization's sixteen monks and a nun were killed and set on fire in broad daylight near Ballygunge in Kolkata.Ananda Marg is a socio-spiritual organization whose late founder Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar propounded in 1959. The Progressive Utilization Theory is the social theory given by Prabhat Ranjan, which exposes and overcomes capitalism and communism's limitations, and instead, aims at a grassroots socio-economic democracy. Ananda Marg ideologically opposed the communists, and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI (M)) of the early 80s was skeptical of their activities.

The first attack on the Margis was at its Purulia global headquarters in 1967, in which CPI (M) cadres murdered five monks. On April 30, 1992, Ananda Margis headed from all over the country to an educational conference at the Tiljala center. CPI (M) Cadres intercepted the taxis carrying monks and sannyasins at three separate locations, immersed them in petrol and kerosene, and set them on fire. At least seventeen Margis were burned to death, and several others were severely injured.

The government set up a commission of inquiry that did not proceed beyond its notification and did not have a single hearing. Former Chief Minister of West Bengal Jyoti Basu referring to the incident, infamously said, 'What can be done? Such things do happen.' A state CID inquiry produced no results, and no justice was ever done. In 2011, Ananda Margis appealed to the Mamata Banerjee government for a Judicial Commission of Inquiry. The Justice Amitava Lala Inquiry began proceedings in October 2013.

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