statesman news service
SILIGURI, 18 JUNE: The Trinamul Congress has appealed to the people and traders to keep life normal in the added areas under the Siliguri Municipal Corporation (SMC) lying in Jalpaiguri district after the Congress called a dawn-to-dusk bandh for tomorrow over the alleged Trinamul Congress attack on the district party president Mr Mohan Bose and the murder of a party worker.
Under the SMC there are 14 added areas, which fall in Jalpaiguri district.
“The Congress and CPI-M are jointly unleashing a reign of terror ahead of the rural polls. It is a conspiracy to destabilise the region, which people will resist. We have asked the traders to open their business establishments without any fear. We will take to the streets to thwart the bandh," said the Darjeeling district Trinamul Congress general secretary, Mr Krishna Pal.
Mr Bose was injured after some alleged Trinamul activists attacked him at Mantadari on 13 June. Police arrested some Trinamul activists in this connection.
Reacting to this, the president of the Congress Dabgram-Fulbari Assembly segment Mr Debasis Pramanik, said the party had already started campaigning in support of the bandh.
“We have launched campaigning over microphones and rallies were organised in support of the bandh. We are hopeful that people would spontaneously support the bandh. The party workers would picket tomorrow," he said.
However, police would take all steps to prevent any untoward incident. “We are taking all steps to prevent any untoward incident," said the Siliguri Metropolitan Police commissioner, Mr K Jayaraman.
According to sources, police are focussing on security in Takimari-Milanpally area since incidents of political clashes occur frequently.