People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
April 16, 2006
Right Earnest Or With Malafide Intention?
we reproduce excerpts from the statement issued by the Election Commission
following the report submitted by the team sent to look into the matter of
raiding of CPI(M) zonal office in Keshpur, Bengal.
this meeting, Pramanik once again raised the issue of storage of illegal arms
with the Observer. When asked, Pramanik did not disclose the addresses of
suspected places to the Observer as he feared leakage of information. The
Observer then asked Pramanik to meet him at around 4.00 pm at Circuit House and
also told SP to arrange for necessary force for conducting the raids.
Pramanik did not disclose the names of suspected places to be raided even to the SP but instead told him that the identifier will show the exact locations where arms have been concealed. Rashid, on reaching Keshpur, informed the SP that the identifier is disclosing names of various party offices. The SP then allowed Rashid to conduct raids at the places shown by the identifier and, thereafter, raid was conducted at Jamshed Bhawan, Zonal Office of the CPI(M).
team has concluded that actions taken by the Observer were quite correct and
there was no fault whatsoever on his part. The allegation that the raid at
Jamshed Bhawan, Zonal Office of the CPI(M), was conducted with the help of
Central Paramilitary Forces was also not found true as it was conducted by the
State/District Armed Police of West Bengal under the charge of Deputy SP deputed
by the SP of the district.
Commission has considered the report and agrees with the findings of the team.
The Commission is pained to note that the facts of the case have been distorted
and unfounded allegations have been levelled against the Observer who performed
his duty correctly and in right earnest.