Violence Surpasses Emergency: Biman Basu
From Our Special
Correspondent in Kolkata
WEST Bengal witnessed a storm of terror over three days
after April 9 by the ruling Trinamul Congress (TMC), in
which more than 1200 offices of Left parties and mass
organisations were subjected to brutal attacks. From Kolkata
no district was spared from this organised mayhem. Many Left
activists were injured.
In Siliguri, consecutive attacks
terrorised the whole city. TMC hooligans attacked the
district office --- Anil Biswas Bhawan --- in Siliguri on
April 9 night. They threw stones and damaged the cars
parked outside the party office. The district unit of the
Left Front had a prescheduled public meeting on April 10
to protest the failure of the local municipal corporation.
The leaders of Left Front also condemned the attack by
TMC-backed goons on Anil Biswas Bhawan. After the meeting,
a huge rally was also brought out. Just after that , TMC
hooligans attacked the office again led by North Bengal development minister
Gautam Deb and MLA Rudranarayan Bhattacharya. The hoodlums
threw stonen to the party office. Several party activists
including some reporters were injured by the stones.
Police remained silent spectator of the incident. Later,
police started lathi-charge. And they only attacked people
who were assembled in the side of the party office. Police
started arresting student and youth leaders from the party
office without giving any reason for the arrest.
After few hours, a big group of police led by
the SP of police entered into the Anil Biswas Bhawan. They
went to the secretariat room in the second floor and ill
behaved with the party leaders. They arrested 53 persons
including former minister and convener of Darjeeling
district Left Front Ashok Bhattacharya, acting secretary of
CPI (M) district committee Jibesh Sarkar and former Member
of Parliament Saman Pathak. Many veterans, women, SFI
leaders and mass-singer were arrested. 43 of them were kept
in jail custody. The brutality of police in Siliguri was
reflected when Santosh Sahani , a first year college student
and SFI activist was arrested . He was sick and was admitted
in hospital. Sahani was chained in the hospital bed,
violating human rights regulations. The mother of arrested
DYFI leader Amit Dey died in shock,
In North 24 Parganas, CPI(M) zonal offices in Barrackpore,
Naihati, Bijpur and Banga were destroyed. More than 100
party offices throughout the district were vandalized and
more than 30 CPI(M) activists were injured in attacks. In
Jagaddal, the Forward Bloc office was vandalised. Forward
Bloc state secretary and veteran Left Front leader, Ashok
Ghosh, visited the office along with CPI(M) leaders. Such
was the extent of vandalism that he could not restrain his
tears. Former Forward Block MLA, Haripada Biswasís house
was also vandalised. In Haroa and Barasat-2 block, CPI(M)
activists were attacked and offices vandalised.
CPI(M)ís Midnapore town and Debra zonal offices, local
committee office in Loada, and offices in Bharatpur, Daspur
1, Gopiballavpur 2, Keshpur, Chandrakona, Dantan 2 and Belda
were attacked and vandalised by TMC goons. TMC miscreants
and anti-socials set fire to at least 15 houses in
CPI(M)ís zonal office of Egra as well as local and branch
offices in Mahishadal, Batkunda, Gopalchak, Haldia and
Patashpur Ghera were severely ransacked. Offices of the RSP
and Socialist Party were also attacked.
In Bankura, Taldangra zonal
committee office of the CPI(M) and local offices in Birrada,
Harmasra, Panchmura, Sardakan, Kotulpur and Onda were
vandalised by TMC supporters. There was an armed attack on
the Taldangra office. Indpur zonal office was burnt down. In
Kotulpur, 16 houses belonging to agricultural workers were
set on fire.
In Nadia, the
CPI(M)ís Hanskhali and Santipur zonal offices were attacked
by TMC criminals. Party offices in Fulia, Kalyani and
Gayeshspur were also ransacked.
In Purulia, the
CPI(M)ís district committee office was vandalised by TMC
goons in front of the police. A party whole timer, Sekh
Raju, was brutally injured in this incident.
In Burdwan, the City
Centre and Steel City zonal offices in Durgapur
were vandalised. Local and branch offices in Budbud-Galsi,
Sagardanga, Dhobighat, Jhanjra Old Colony, Gogla,
Pandabeswar, Kalna, Barabani, Rupnarayanpur and Memari were
also ransacked by TMC goons. A large number of party
supporters and local people were beaten up during the
incidents in Memari and Durgapur.
In Birbhum, the Suiri
zonal office of the CPI(M) was looted while party offices in
Nanur and Kirnahar were set on fire. At Bolpur in Sian, the attack on CPI(M) office
started with bombs and then it was burnt. In Mallarpur,
shops were looted.
goons attacked the CPI(M)ís local office in Islampur Sadar
and vandalised it. They set afire the banners and the
martyrs stand demanding justice for SFI leader Sudipta who
died in custodial death. They attacked Chopra zonal office
on the next day.
In Jalpaiguri, zonal
party offices in Kumargram, Maynaguri and Jalpaiguri were
In Coochbehar, 86 CPI(M)
offices and 19 Forward Bloc offices were rampaged. Zonal
offices in Coochbihar South, Tufanganj and Sitalkuchi were
also attacked. Local offices in Natabari 1 and 2, Deocharai,
Krisnapur, Balrampur, Chilakhana were vandalised by TMC
miscreants; 16 houses were vandalised in Toofanganj. At
least 29 Left activists were injured and hospitalised.
district office was attacked as TMC activists gheraoed the
office for two hours. The cars parked there were rampaged.
DYFI district office was destroyed and looted. Jangipara
zonal office was burnt and fire tenders were not allowed to
enter the area. Tarakeswar zonal office was set on fire. At
Patula in Khanaku, nearly 30 houses of poor villagers were
looted and then set on fire. Here too the fire brigade was
for hours not allowed to come to their rescue. At Majhpara
in Khanakul, a TMC gang entered the village and fired
indiscriminately. Then they set afire 40 houses.
In South 24 Parganas, the
district committee office in Aruipur was attacked. The party
offices in Bhangar and Gangulibagan were also attacked and
vandalised by TMC goons.
In Howrah, the
zonal offices in Amta and Udaynarayanpur were attacked. CITU
office was ransacked in Belur.
Not only that the CPI(M) and SFI activists were
targeted for attack, TMC miscreants --- emboldened by the
threat doled out by the chief minister herself --- attacked
the Presidency University campus too without any
provocation. An armed TMC gang entered the prestigious
campus and beat up students, manhandled girl students and
finally ransacked the Baker Laboratory, a heritage physics
laboratory, revered as one of the most advanced science
laboratories in the country. The whole episode stunned the
Biman Basu, secretary of the CPI(M)ís West Bengal state committee and
chairman of the West Bengal Left Front, has condemned these
attacks and termed the attitude of the state government as
inhuman. He said these attacks had, in barbarity, even
surpassed the terror regime during the Emergency.
Suryakanta Misra, leader of the
opposition in West Bengal
assembly, visited the villages in Khanakul area where
several houses were burnt.