Saturday, May 24, 2014

Attack on Left is an Attack on Democratic Rights in West Bengal: Surjya Kanta Mishra

The post-poll violence in West Bengal has taken a serious turn when within a week of the last phase of election at least three left workers have been killed and hundreds injured. Many people have been evicted from their places. Left MLAs have not been spared in the state. Finally the police administration has kept a significant silence, said the opposition leader Surjya Kanta Mishra in a letter to the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. He demanded immediate restoration of peace in the state and stop violence against left workers. He also stated that the attack on the left would weaken the strength of the secular democratic forces in the state.

While addressing the press at the Assembly gate Surjya Kanta Mishra stated that 'the violent attack of the ruling Trinamool Congress has already taken lives of three poor CPI(M) workers and injured many people seriously. In Mahul village of Ketugram, Burdwan the former CPI(M) Panchayat member Ashmira Begum has been brutally killed. CPI(M) worker Kajal Mallick of Palasan GP, Manteswar has been brutally killed by the violent Trinamool workers. Moumita Banerjee, a 18 year old student died of severe traumatic heart attack when she was molested by the Trinamool workers and a life threat of her father, a left worker, Rabindranath Banerjee.

Mishra also said that not just CPI(M) workers, most of the Left MLAs have been attacked in the post poll violence. Forward Bloc MLA Udayan Guha, CPI MLA Rameswar Dolui, Jiten Das, Tapas Chatterjee and many others have been attacked. Violence of the ruling Trinamool Congress continues in Coochbehar, Midnapore East and West, Burdwan, Bankura, North and South 24 Parganas and vast areas of the state. looting houses and personal belongings, shops, looting of crops, series of women molestation continues in West Bengal. In some Gram Sabhas nearly 6 lakhs rupees have been charged from CPI(M) and Left workers' families. Keshpur of West Midnapore has been witnessing severe violence where 1668 people have been ousted from their places. 593 people were molested physically. Nearly 500 people have been ousted from Burdwan and crops remained uncut to have dried in the field.

In Nadia, Gayeshpur, Chakdah, Ranaghat, Shantipur; in Hooghly, Arambagh, Dhanekhali, Tarakeswar, Goghat, Khanakul, Pandua, Uttarpara, Serampore; Maniktala, Kashipur, Belgachhia, Shyampukur, Beleghata, Kasba, Behala; Udaynarayanpur, Amta, Malipanchghara, Uluberia, Nischinda; Haroa, Minakha, Sandeshkhali, Basirhat in North 24 Parganas; Bhangar, Canning, Basanti, Kakdwip, Sagardeep of South 24 Parganas are severely affected by Trinamool violence.

The attack on the Left shows, Mishra said, massive attack on democratic rights in the state and one day in future the ruling TMC would also be not spared. People's mandate has not been reflected in the election but nevertheless this result was quite unexpected for the Left Parties in the state.

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