March to Nabanna: CPI-M activist injured in police cane-charge succumbs to injuries
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March to Nabanna: CPI-M activist injured in police cane-charge succumbs to injuries

Some top leaders of the Left party and many journalists also sustained injuries in police action on May 22.

kolkata Updated: Jun 04, 2017 16:10 IST
Hindustan Times, Kolkata
CPI(M),Mamata Banerjee,Trinamool Congress
CPI (M) functionary Salil Bose alias Bablu, seen playing harmonica at a party meeting in this file picture, succumbs to injuries he sustained when police baton-charged on protesting Left activists on May 22. (HT Photo)

A 60-year-old CPI (M) functionary who was injured in police cane- charge on protesting Left activists on May 22, succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.

Salil Bose alias Bablu, a resident of South Dum Dum municipality area in the northern fringes of Kolkata, was hit on his head as several activists of the party clashed with police in various places in the city during their march to the state secretariat, christened as Nabanna.

The march was organised in protest against what the CPI (M) called attack on democracy and growing unemployment and lawlessness in the state under Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress regime.

Banerjee, who also holds the home portfolio, had instructed the police, prior to the agitation, not to use bullets to avoid any fatality.

To disperse the protestors police resorted to baton charge, used water cannon and fired tear gas shells. Some top CPI (M) leaders, including Left Front chairman Biman Bose and Kanti Ganguly, were injured in the police action.

Many journalists too sustained injuries when police baton-charged them.

“Unable to realize the seriousness of the injury, Salil went back home. On May 23, he even came to participate in a protest march against the police atrocities of the previous day. While participating in the march, he suffered a cerebral stroke because of his head injury,” said a CPI(M) spokesperson.

He was rushed to the RG Kar Medical College and Hospital, where he died at 7.30 am.

His body was brought to CPI (M) state headquarters on Sunday noon, where top party leaders paid tribute.

“Bablu became the victim of the fascist attitude of the government and its attempt to suppress peaceful democratic movement through force. Bablu is the first martyr of brutal police attack on the day of Nabanna (state secretariat) Avijan,” said CPI (M) legislator and leader of left parties in West Bengal assembly Sujan Chakraborty.

First Published: Jun 04, 2017 16:10 IST