statesman news service
KOLKATA, 27 JUNE : Former state housing minister, Goutam Deb today threatened to paralyse life in and around Kolkata if CPI-M’s district secretary of South-24-Parganas, Mr Sujan Chakraborty, is arrested on a “trumped up” charge of murdering a Trinamul Congress candidate for the panchayat election. Party activists will block roads and lay a virtual siege to the city airport, Howrah and Sealdah stations, the main thoroughfares to the city including Diamond Harbour Road, EM bypass and the Park Circus connector, and the agitations will continue for days unless the state government reconsiders its position, he said.
Mr Chakraborty’s name has been included in the FIR following a phone call from an important leader from Writers’ Buildings, after senior police officers were reluctant to include his name, Mr Deb alleged. Senior Trinamul Congress leader, Mr Mukul Roy has activated a plan called Operation Basanti Road to capture 25 zilla parishads located in and around this road, stretching from Bantala to Basanti, he further alleged.
“Mr Deb is a mentally deranged person and so we will not react to his comments,” a senior Trinamul leader said.
The CPI-M leadership had convened a meeting during the day of senior leaders including two former state law ministers Nisith Adhikari and Rabilal Moitra as well as some of its lawyer cell members to chalk out a plan to file a petition at Calcutta High Court on Monday seeking a direction to the state administration to let party candidates campaign with police protection after having been able to return to he homes they have fled following attacks from Trinamul activists.
Pointing out areas where Trinamul had allegedly unleashed a reign of terror on a map of North and South-24-Parganas in a map at a Press conference at the party office in Alimuddin Street, Mr Deb alleged that at least 239 CPI-M candidates in North-24-Parganas have fled their homes. State Panchayat minister, Subrata Mukherjee did not meet a party delegation despite an appointment which had been confirmed and had left office when the delegation arrived following instructions from the “:powers that be”, he pointed out.
Leveling a 11-point list of charges at Trinamul leadership which includes intimidation and flouting election code, Mr Deb warned that the names of Mr Roy and the chief minister would be included in FIRs and if they are not accepted by police, the complainants will move court to register charges against these two leaders.