In Photo: TV grab of a Left woman worker who was injured in the head after police lathi charge at Bentinck Street.
By A Newsman
Kolkata, 01 October: SOME 32 Left Front workers, including three women, have been left bleeding after the police resorted to an indiscriminate lathi charge on a Left protest march to Kolkata Police headquarters Lalbazar on Thursday evening.
The injured include the CPI-M senior central committee member Dipak Dasgupta whom the police beat up even after he fell on the footpath on Bentinck Street in central Kolkata. He is now admitted to a private nursing home.
Following the police lathi charge, hundreds of Left workers held a sit-in at Y-Channel at Esplande in Kolkata till late into the evening. Left Front has called for protest rallies across West Bengal on Friday against the police action.
The protest march on Thursday evening began at 5 pm simultaneously from three locations in the city ~ Y-Channel at Esplanade, Raja Subodh Mallick Square (Wellington) and College Square.
When one of the rallies tried to move forward through Bentinck Street by toppling police barricade around 5.30 pm, the large number of cops resorted to an indiscriminate lathi charge. As the Left workers tried to flee, the cops chased them and beat them severely inflicting hospitable injuries on several of them.
A DYFI woman leader, Malabika Ganguly, was bleeding profusely from the head after cops hit her with lathis. She was rescued by other co-activist and is now hospitalised with grievous injuries.
Television channels played footage of at least four policemen beating a middle-aged Left worker after he fell on the ground. A policeman even kicked the unarmed man with his boot as he was trying to stand up and move away from the melee.
Policemen also forced the shops on Bentinck Street to down their shutters as some Left workers took shelter in them to escape the police aggression. Pedestrians were also not spared and police beat up some people by entering into the Chandni Chowk Metro Railway entry gate on Ganesh Chandra Avenue.
The Left had called the march against the alleged bias of Kolkata Police favouring the ruling Trinamool Congress and demanding withdrawal of “false cases” slapped on 300-odd Left supports in and around Kolkata.
The march was led from the front by senior CPI-M leaders like Biman Bose, Surjyakanta Mishra, Md Selim and senior leaders of the LF constituents CPI, RSP and Forward Bloc.
Kolkata had witnessed similar violence on 27 August during Left peasant wings’ protest march to state secretariat Nabanna after the police had stopped the marchers at the junction of Dufferin Road and Red Road.