BENGAL POLITICS: Ex-MLA pulled out and shot – and we all thought the current Gorkha agitation was extremely violent, where does this culture of violence and corruption come from ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT
Nanoor, June 29: Alleged Trinamul Congress activists dragged a former CPM MLA who had been denied a ticket by the party in 2006 out of his house and shot him dead in Birbhum’s Nanoor this evening.
Some 200 people with guns, bombs, axes and rods marched into Ananda Das’s home and ransacked it as the blood-soaked body lay in front of the two-storey house.
His teenage daughter Chaiti fled through the rear with her three-year-old brother in her arms. She hid at a neighbour’s house in the absence of her mother, who was not at home.
The Class X student said the group had attacked a Citu office next door when her father went out to the verandah to see what was happening. “I told my father not to venture out and attract attention. Some of those on the rampage saw my father and one of them pointed towards him. Then they rushed towards our house,” said the girl, shaking in horror.
Das, 52, tried to run inside but in vain. The attackers beat him up and then pumped bullets into him. “He took four-five bullets and was killed on the spot,” said Birbhum superintendent of police Rabindranath Mukherjee, who was camping in the village tonight.
Das had been an MLA from Nanoor for 20 years until the party dropped him 2006.
Sources said there were allegations of his involvement in the alleged Nanoor massacre of 2000 in which 11 Trinamul supporters were killed. His suspected role in the incident may have been a reason why the party denied him a ticket six years later. Sources said the CPM had been trying to distance itself from Das.
But to many in Trinamul, he was the face of the alleged massacre. Like in most parts of Bengal, Mamata Banerjee’s party has been increasingly assertive in this Left bastion since the 2008 rural polls. In February 2009, five CPM activists were killed when the Marxists tried an armed “recapture” of nearby Papuri village. This February, two CPM workers were killed in neighbouring Palundi.
The genesis of today’s trouble lay in the murder bid on Trinamul supporter Samsul Hoda, 36, who is in hospital after being shot at four times.
The armed gang first raided the CPM zonal committee office. They hurled bombs and broke furniture. Then they targeted the Citu office outside Das’s house.
Chaiti alleged that the police station, less than a kilometre away, had not responded immediately to frantic calls. “They could not come in half an hour. My father was killed.”
When the police came, the attackers pelted them with stones. After rain drove the attackers away around 7.30pm, the police moved in and rescued four CPM workers who had been locked up in the party office. The SP blamed the stone-throwing for the delay. Two men have been held, he added.
CPM state secretary Biman Bose accused Trinamul of launching a “pre-planned” attack. The party has called a 12-hour bandh in Bolpur subdivision tomorrow.
Trinamul denied its role in the attack. “It is the result of the CPM’s infighting,” said its state chief Subrata Bakshi.
Mamata & Mangalkot on Manas lips – jointly stirring the emotional pot just for electoral gains ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
Calcutta, June 29: Manas Bhuniya unveiled his plans to bolster the beleaguered Congress organisation in the state and its relations with the Trinamul Congress after taking over as the state party chief.
“My primary tasks will be overhauling the organisation by mobilising a mass movement across Bengal and strengthening our alliance with Trinamul,” Bhuniya told a news conference at the state Congress headquarters.
His first move was to an- nounce a trip to Mangalkot on July 15 to mark a year of the attack on a team of Congress MLAs he had led there. They had gone to distribute relief among party workers who had fled their homes following attacks by alleged CPM supporters after one of their local leaders was killed.
The Mangalkot visit will be followed by a string of programmes in the districts during which Bhuniya hopes to get a feel of the party’s organisational strength.
Bhuniya was picked for the job to ensure smooth running of the Congress’s alliance with Mamata and he did not disappoint. “I have already worked out a joint campaign with her (Mamata Banerjee’s) party for the July 5 bypoll to the Durgapur I Assembly seat and have spoken to (Trinamul) Union minister Mukul Roy about a rally there,” the state Congress chief said five minutes after formally taking charge.
Mamata has left the seat in the CPM stronghold to her ally.
Roy said he would be part of a joint campaign with Bhuniya on July 2. “I shall be there with Manas at Mamatadi’s instance to ensure a Congress victory. The need of the hour is to see to it that our alliance is intact till the Assembly polls.”
Death for giving slice of land to daughter – Godlessness ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT
Behrampore, June 29: A woman was allegedly hacked to death by her husband and one of her four sons because she had secretly written away a small plot to a daughter.
Her second son pushed away his sister when she tried to resist the attack this morning and her two younger sons looked on.
Mehenur Bibi, 45, had wanted to ensure her daughter had a place to stay after being deserted by her husband because she was certain the men in her own family would not let her stay with them for long.
The mother had given away one cottah from the 60 cottahs — two bighas — and a house she had in her name. The men could not bear that.
Kajla, 22, had been with her parents in Murshidabad’s Indradanga since her husband left her two years ago. She said in the FIR today how she helplessly saw her mother being killed. “Seeing my plight, my mother had decided to give a small piece of land where I could build a hut. Last week, she told my father she was going to a doctor, quietly took me to the registry office at Lalbag and had the land registered in my name,” Kajla said.
A villager who had seen them in the registry office told Imajuddin Sheikh, an affluent farmer with 12 bighas, about the mother and daughter. Mehenur confessed that she had indeed given her daughter a patch beside their house.
“I saw my father and eldest brother Mahirul hack mother. When I rushed to stop them, Zahirul threw me aside,” said Kajla. “Manirul, and Minarul (aged 18 and 16) looked on.
“Imajuddin and his sons are absconding,” said Murshidabad superintendent of police B.L. Meena.