statesman news service
KOLKATA, 31 MAY: Left Front leaders and activists and police today tried to outwit each other during a law-violation programme when the agitators courted arrest, but were released on the spot by a metropolitan magistrate brought there beforehand.
The unusual showdown occurred in the backdrop of the recent death of SFI activist, Sudipto Gupta, who succumbed to injuries while being taken in a vehicle by police during a law-violation programme.
The agitation was in protest against the city police order banning law-violation within the city limits.
LF chairman Biman Bose announced at the rally that henceforth the LF would organise such programmes without seeking police permission or making it public through the media or a newspaper advertisement. In a marked departure from the usual practice of bringing a fleet of buses for taking the law-breakers to Lalbazar, police had brought two water cannons and deployed a "mobile striking force”. This made the organisers modify their programme and they began a sit-in on the thoroughfare.
The programme continued for about two hours and thereafter the agitators courted arrest only to be released on bail by the magistrate on the spot for "lack of evidence."
Mr Bose lambasted the Trinamul Congress-government for its handling of the Saradha scam. “The state government has formed a commission to probe the Saradha fiasco, instead of attaching the assets of the group and selling them to pay back the depositors. This is in keeping with the tradition of successive Congress governments run by B C Roy or P C Sen or S S Ray in the face of public outcry,” Mr Bose said.
"The city police top brass banned law- violation programmes pleading paucity of funds to build an infrastructure to tackle such agitations, but the state government seems to be flushed with funds when Mati Utsav is organised," the front chairman said. "The day SFI activist Sudipta Gupta died in police custody while being taken away after a law-violation programme from this spot, the chief minister was watching an IPL soiree at the Yuva Bharati Krirangan," he said pouring scorn on the CM.
Wondering whether the TMC government was functioning at all, the Front chairman said that neither was there a word on holding a judicial inquiry into Gupta’s death nor about setting up a railway factory on 600 acres of land the government had taken over at Singur which the CM had promised after assuming office. "The proposal of setting up a factory and returning 400 acres of land now appears to be in the morgue," Mr Bose added.
In a marked departure from the usual practice of bringing a fleet of buses for taking the law-breakers to Lalbazar, police had brought two water cannons and deployed a mobile striking force