Thursday, November 13, 2008


Chhoto Angaria case Thursday, 13 November 2008Statesman News Service
MIDNAPORE, Nov. 13: The CBI today submitted a petition in the court of the second additional sessions judge of Midnapore West, Mr Abdul Kuttus, saying that Chhoto Angaria accused Sukur Ali and Tapan Ghosh, who were arrested earlier from Egra in East Midnapore while trying to sneak out with injured BUPC supporters, be tagged in the case. The judge ordered the superintendent of Contai sub-jail in Midnapore East to make arrangements for them to be produced in his court on 21 November. The petition was moved by CBI counsel Mr Tapas Basu. The two were chargesheeted earlier. The duo were, however, declared “fugitives” by the Garbeta police although they were very much around. The CBI DSP, crime branch, Mr Parthasarathi Basu, criticised the Midnapore West SP for not executing the arrest warrant against them.
A court in the Indian state of West Bengal has found two Communist leaders guilty of murdering a woman who opposed a Tata car plant near Calcutta.
Suhrid Dutta and Debu Mallick of the state's governing party were convicted of murdering Tapasi Mallick in 2006.
The two men were also found guilty of tampering with evidence. Sentencing is due on Wednesday and their lawyers say they will appeal against the verdict.
India Marxists 'guilty of murder'

In the Left bastions of West Bengal and Kerala, power often flows from the barrels of CPM guns. With blood on their hands, as the CPM cadre celebrates the "sunrise in Nandigram," the turf-war in West Bengal has reignited the hidden memories of the infamous Sainbari incident in 1969, when a young man was hacked to death and his blood smeared on the face of his old mother. The man who led the Sainbari death squad is now a member of the CPM's central committee. During this 38-year span, there have been a series of violent attacks on unarmed people in small villages spread across three districts of south Bengal. It's a long list of atrocities -- Panskura, Nanoor, Chhoto Angaria, Garbeta, Ghatal, Goghat, Khanakul, Keshupur and Singur. Each of these places has a gory tale to tell.

Baharampur (WB), April 28: Criticising the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee led-government of West Bengal for its handling of the situation at Nandigram, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday said that she was with the people of the area in their sorrow.
"I am with the people of Nandigram who faced sorrow and hardship, especially with the women, children and farmers," Gandhi said amidst a thunderous applause from the crowd at the YMA ground in Baharampur.
Slamming the CPI-M-led Left Front government in the state over the law and order situation, she said that the people were concerned with it. This should not happen and there should not be any discrimination in maintaining law and order.

Recent happenings in West Bengal is a further pointer to the fact that politics in our country has reached its nadir, an unfortunate inevitability to which all the political parties, most of all the Left bloc, have contributed. It was almost a re-enactment of the political scenario of the late 1960s when a foul-mouthed CPM, backed by cronies like the CPI and RSP, had tried to browbeat a courageous and conscientious Governor named Dharam Vira but ultimately got the bitter lesson when Indira Gandhi just smashed the backbone of Left politics in the State in the early 1970s.

NEW DELHI: The world's premier human rights organisation, Amnesty International, has strongly indicted West Bengal and its ruling party, CPM, for

the state-sponsored violence in Nandigram in 2007. In its annual report, which was released on Tuesday, the global human rights NGO said private militias allied to the CPM committed "a range of human rights violations including unlawful killings, forced evictions, excessive police force and violence against women". The report said, "In January and March, at least 25 mostly local residents, were killed in Nandigram, more than 100 were injured and at least 20 women were sexually assaulted by private militias allied to the ruling CPM." International rights group Amnesty International has accused the West Bengal government of colluding with CPM party workers in Nandigram and failing to institute an impartial inquiry into the violence. “There was a close connivance of district officials, the state government, the state machinery and the Communist party workers to dictate and determine the course of events,” said Mukul Sharma of Amnesty International, India. He further said their inquiries revealed that those who were involved in the violence have not been booked or arrested.

Nandigram has been a bloodied and mostly unsung battleground, locked in fullblown warfare launched by governmentbacked CPM apparatchik on the people. They went into it with an elaborate battle-plan, laying siege, scorching earth and taking pocket by pocket. They went into it with the most sophisticated weapons, AK-47s and landmines included. They were unafraid to kill and to destroy and to leave thousands destitute.
……..The CPM, after all, had left no one in doubt about the tactics it was employing to reclaim Nandigram — “maaro” was the cry of Politburo member Brinda Karat and the party was resonating it, in New Delhi and in West Bengal. Party boss Prakash Karat and Sitaram Yechury were offering grand articulations of the eye-for-eye violence, glossing over the ground rules of multi-party democracy. Local CPM bosses Biman Bose, Benoy Konar and Lakshman Seth (MP from Tamluk, which overlaps Nandigram) were exhorting cadre to pull no punches

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