Left seeks action on violence in Bengal

Our Bureau Kolkata | Updated on June 10, 2014 Published on June 10, 2014

West Bengal Left Front Chairman Biman Basu on Tuesday said that during the meeting with the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday the Front delegation suggested that she call an all-party meeting to discuss the violence that took place after the Lok Sabha elections.

Basu said the Front constituents would launch an agitation at local level where the violence took place against their members and supporters. A memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister included violent attacks by Trinamool workers in the past three years.

The memorandum said 157 Left leaders, including two formers MLAs, and workers were killed in such violent incidents since Trinamool came to power in 2011.

The memorandum said right to life and livelihood in the State was under constant threat in the face of violent onslaught by Trinamool cadres. The situation is aggravated by the police force, which either remained mute spectator or showed bias towards the gangs, it said.

“Apart from deaths and injuries, more than 45,000 people are out of their homes in various places because of violence and threats. We have told the CM about our concerns and she said she would look into the issues on a case-to-case basis,” Basu said at a press conference.

The Front demanded initiation of criminal proceedings against the guilty. The police in many cases did not take written complaints against the goons or watered down the charges against them, the memorandum said.

Published on June 10, 2014

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