Art glitteratti visits Kulipara

KOLKATA, 27 OCT: The members of civil society, Mr Asokendu Sengupta and Mr Sujato Bhadra, today visited the house of Balai Mondal who was killed on 19 October clashes in Kulipara. They went to the house along with the Trinamul Congress supporters and Mrs Mithu Chowdhury, the Trinamul candidate from the area who lost in the last civic election, to the victim’s house and talked to Balai Mondal’s family members at 3.15 p.m.
They asked for the copy of the FIR lodged with police. Mrs Basanti Mondal, the deceased’s wife, told them that police have not yet recorded her statement.
Balai’s son said that the brother of the accused person, Praful Mondal, Bhopa Mondal, is still roaming free in the village and had been telling them, “Baap ke niyechi, chhele ke o nebo (have killed the father, will kill the son now)”. The relatives of Balai Mondal said that they lost their nights sleep after the incident and the CPI-M supporters have allegedly been terrorising them.
Mr Asokendu Sengupta said that what happened in Kulipara is an example of political terrorism. People of the village have left home because of the terror unleashed by the ruling party. “The ruling party’s aim has been to eliminate those who have voted against them. The statements of the eyewitnesses have been ignored. Those who support the winds of change are being threatened,” he added. He said that the ruling party has been protecting the guilty and police have failed to take any action.
Mr Asokendu Sengupta and Mr Sujato Bhadra went to meet the police camp in-charge who said that peace has been restored in the village and that no incident of violence or intimidation has been reported in the last few days.
Mr Bhadra said: “Political leaders are mocking democracy by forming combat groups in the state. There are no values left in politics because of which innocent people have to suffer. Their terrorism would get a befitting reply through the ballot box.” It should be noted that the Bidhannagar SDO had yesterday prohibited any form of political meeting in Salt Lake for the next 15 days.
Meanwhile, the ward no 19 committee members, local councillor Mrs Kalpana Mukherjee and councillor of ward no 17, Mrs Ila Nandi, took out a protest march near Sukanta Nagar at 4.30 pm today. They were protesting against the violence that broke out on Monday between two lobbies of construction workers.

Soma Basu

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