Friday, April 19, 2013

Chained with Hospital Bed: Mamata’s Police Treats SFI Activist

Few days back, veteran nonagenarian Left and Forward Block leader Asoke Ghosh lamented Mamata’s police has surpassed the British police of pre-independent India in the context of unleashing attack on democratic movement. Within a few days Mamata’s police leave another example of such attack. Santosh Sahani, a first year BA student and local SFI activist, found chained to the hospital bed at the North Bengal Medical College Hospital on 16th April, 2013. The treatment with detained SFI activist can only be compared with the measure used by the British police against the freedom fighters. Santosh has his University examination on 18th April. Santosh was among the Left activists who were detained in false charge framed by the police under direction of local TMC Minister.

Santosh was feeling well after his arrest. He became unconscious when he was produced in court on 11th April and was admitted to the Siliguri Sadar Hospital. It is also alleged that the local TMC leaders including a minister preserised the hospital authority to release Santosh quickly. He was released from the hospital on 14th April and sent to Siliguri jail. But as his condition deteriorated he was admitted to the jail hospital. On the next day, he was sent to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital and admitted to the male medical ward with handcuffs on his left leg.

Former Minister and Convener of Darjeeling District Left Front Ashok Bhattacharya, Secretary of CPI(M) Darjeeling District Committee Jibesh Sarkar visited the hospital and demanded to unchain Santosh immediately. They said the matter is a blatant violation of human rights. Noted lawyer and former Mayor of Kolkata Municipal Corporation said the matter is inhuman and total violation of Supreme Court guideline. SFI has also demanded a thorough probe into this brutal act.

Biman Basu, the secretary of CPI(M) West Bengal State Committee and Chairman of the West Bengal Left Front has said that the so-called human face of the TMC Government is getting unmasked. He further said that police is filing false cases against so many persons in Siliguri. Such things have become practice in today’s West Bengal. The attack on democratic movements has surpassed the emergency period, he added.

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