(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
April 21, 2013
COMRADE SUDIPTA CONDOLED
Meeting Calls to Fight for Rights
THOUSANDS of people attended the condolence meeting of Comrade Sudipta Gupta in Kolkata on April 17. The death of Comrade Sudipta, a state committee member of the SFI, in police custody on April 2 has created a sense of deep grief and resentment among people in the state. The meeting, called for by four Left students’ organisations, proved once again how the martyrdom has shaken the conscience of the people. It also proved that the virulent campaign against the SFI and the Left parties over the preceding few days could not deter the people’s determination.
The venue at Nazrul
Mancha overflowed on the day and hundreds of people had to
stand outside. In the meeting, organised by the SFI, AISF,
SB and PSU, a documentary on the life and politics of
Comrade Sudipta was shown. The entire gathering was struck
with pain when Comrade Sudipta’s father, Pranab Gupta,
played Tagore songs on violin to express his greatest loss.
Debojyoti Das, SFI state secretary, recounted that Bhagat
Singh was the idol of Comrade Sudipta. The latter too died
the death of a martyr, protesting against the rulers’
attacks on fundamental rights. SFI general secretary
Ritabrata Banerjee condemned the effort to demonise the
students’ involvement in political activities after Comrade
Sudipta’s death. He categorically expressed apology for the
unwarranted incident in front of Yojana Bhanan in
students, many teachers, intellectuals and distinguished
persons from all walks of life were present in the meeting.
The meeting ended with the song “We Shall Overcome” with the
entire audience singing in chorus.