People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 25

June 21, 2009




Dharna Condemns Trinamool-Maoist Terror Drive


HUNDREDS of activists of the CPI(M) staged a dharna at Jantar Mantar on June 18, today to protest against the murders game unleashed against the CPI(M) cadres and supporters in West Bengal by the Maoists and Trinamool Congress. They were addressed by CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat; CITU secretary Tapan Sen; CPI(M) Delhi state committee�s secretary PMS Grewal;, CITU Delhi state committee�s secretary Anurag Saxena; and AIDWA secretariat member Albeena Shakil.


The speakers strongly condemned the killings and attacks by armed Maoist gangs on the CPI(M) cadres and the terror unleashed in Lalgarh area of West Midnapore district in West Bengal. During the last three days, 16 party workers have been brutally killed. Since March, 53 comrades have lost their lives in West Bengal. CPI(M) members and supporters are being hounded and their houses and party offices being destroyed. The Maoists are using tribals as human shield to further their goals. The Trinamool Congress is supporting the Maoists on the ground. Mamata Banerjee has sought to justify the mayhem in Lalgarh as the people�s response to state terror.


The Trinamool Congress had unleashed violence against the CPI(M) in other parts of the state as well. In Burdwan district, CPI(M) district committee member Falguni Mukherjee was shot dead by Trinamool hoodlums. In Khejuri, East Midnapore, hundreds of CPI(M) supporters have fled their homes and CPI(M) offices have been destroyed.


The violence by the Trinamool and its support to the Maoist terror point to an unholy attempt to create anarchy and to get the elected state government dismissed. That this dastardly attempt is happening at a time when lakhs of people have been devastated by Cyclone Aila, express the insensitivity of anti-Left Front forces to the plight of the poor.


The Congress is playing a nefarious game; its home minister has nothing to say about the Maoist threat to execute the West Bengal chief minister. Instead, he has sought to blame the West Bengal government for the events in Lalgarh. Another Congress spokesman had demanded that the Left Front government should resign. All this from a party whose prime minister described the Maoists as the biggest threat to internal security.


Appealing to all the democratic minded people to condemn and protest these attacks, Brinda Karat asked the central government to immediately rush the required number of paramilitary forces to the area as requested by the state government as well as take appropriate steps to seal the Jharkhand border.


The dharna ended with paying homage to the victims of Maoist-Trinamool terror and the resolve to expose the conspiracy of these foes among the people. (INN)