Students being used to instigate violence
The past week left a trail of blood in West Bengal, as violence has made a comeback after three decades to the state’s college campuses.kolkata Updated: Dec 22, 2010 00:28 IST
The past week left a trail of blood in West Bengal, as violence has made a comeback after three decades to the state’s college campuses.
Since the Lok Sabha elections in 2009, the CPM claims, altogether 337 of their activists have been killed — mostly by the ultras — wherever the left has a strong foothold.
But with the crucial 2011 assembly elections being round the corner, both the mainstream parties have began their bloody journey to power.
And that student their organisations have been given the task of supplying foot soldiers was clear with two recent incidents of campus violence in Kolkata and its suburb.
At a college at Andul in Howrah district, 10 km from Kolkata, clashes between the Trinamool Chhatra Parishad and the CPM-backed Students Federation of India on Thursday claimed the life of an SFI supporter.
The attackers thrashed the second year commerce student, Swapan Koley, and pushed him from a bridge.
On the same day, the SFI and TCP brickbatted each other’s supporters at a south Kolkata college. A piece of stone hit the left eye of a physically challenged English literature student, Souvik Hazra.
CPM leaders brought Koley’s body to Kolkata in a procession. Bhattacharjee garlanded the body at the SFI office. And politburo member Sitaram Yechuri accompanied Hazra to Hyderabad for treatment.
The TMC got its chance on Sunday when Sanatan Hembram, claimed to be a TMC supporter, was killed by CPM supporters in West Midnapore. TMC leaders brought Hembram’s body all the way from Jhargram to Kolkata.
Governor MK Narayanan issued a strong statement, saying that “history will not forgive us” if violence was not stopped. But chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee asked people at a recent rally in Burdwan to resist violence with violence, if necessary.
Narayanan met Bhattacharjee on Tuesday evening to discuss the law and order situation in the state. No statement was issued after the meeting.
But Raj Bhavan sources said the governor asked Bhattacharjee to control violence immediately and wanted to know what steps the government was taking towards that end.
First Published: Dec 22, 2010 00:26 IST