Featured Image: CPI-M leader Sujan Chakraborty being arrested away by police from near Milan Mela on Friday.
By A Newsman
Kolkata, 20 January: CPI-M today caught the state administration and police by surprise by organising a wildcat demonstration in front of Milan Mela ground in Kolkata where the 3rd Bengal Global Business Summit kicked off this morning.
About 100 CPI-M activists, led by Left legislative party leader Sujan Chakraborty, assembled opposite to Milan Mela main gate around 04.30 pm with placards in hand and voicing slogans against the 17 January police firing on agitating villagers at Bhangar in South 24-Parganas that left two youths dead.
As they tried to storm towards Milan Mela gate, a visibly unwary police force swung into action and pushed them away. This was happening when 4,000-odd business delegates from 29 countries were exploring the investment opportunities in the business summit underway inside Milan Mela.
On being pushed away, the CPI-M demonstrators gathered near the Parama Island road junction about 100 metres away and resorted to a road blockade there. Around the same time, another CPI-M protest rally led by Md Salim set out for Milan Mela from Tiljala but it was stopped by police midway.
The blockade at Parama Island was lifted after about 10 minutes when police intervened and arrested away the demonstrators including Sujan Chakraborty, Kanti Ganguly, and North 24-Parganas CPI-M leader Nepal Bhattacharya.
While being taken away, Sujan Chakraborty told reporters that they decided to hold the demonstration to protest the brutal killing of two youths at Bhangar who were part of the villagers protesting against the construction of a power transmission station on forcibly acquired farmland.
“When the poor people are bleeding, the state government is holding a summit on public money. Bloodshed and investment cannot go side by side,” he said.
Chakraborty said that those arrested for today’s demonstration would not avail bail on personal bond and rather spend the night in police lockup at Lalbazar.
The wildcat demonstration by CPI-M has created quite a furore in the state administration and Kolkata Police as they lacked prior Intelligence about this. State panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee hit out at the CPI-M for this saying that the demonstration today has marred the political culture of Bengal when dignitaries from world over were in the city.