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CPM declares open war on pro-naxalite bloggers

July 1, 2007

The CPI(Marxist) has declared an open war on pro-maoist bloggers and other websites which had exposed the criminal activities of CPM in West Bengal in particular.

Biman seeks NRI help as SEZ war hits cyberspace
Bidyut Roy

Kolkata, June 26: CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose is taking the “facts” on Nandigram and Singur to the US. Bose is leaving for the country on June 27 to raise funds for his non-governmental organisation, Vidyasagar Foundation, which works on literacy programmes in rural areas.

However, he is extending his fund-raising trip by eight days during which he will talk to influential Bengali NRIs on what happened at Nandigram to counter the Internet campaign launched by Naxalite groups and the Trinamool Congress. The cyber campaign centres around the police firing of March 14 at Nandigram in which 14 villagers were killed when a protest against a now-abandoned land acquisition programme turned violent.

For the Vidyasagar Foundation trip, Bose is going to Detroit, the headquarters of the Uttar America Banga Sanskriti Sammelan or North American Bengali Cultural Conference. He will be accompanied by Anup Sarkar and three other office-bearers of the Vidyasagar Foundation.

Sarkar told Newsline: “We have already fixed up five meetings in the US with influential Bengali groups there.” The North American Bengali Conference will be held in Detroit from June 29 to July 1. “After this, Biman da will meet Bengali professionals who are US citizens to discuss Nandigram,” Sarkar said.

Earlier, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee had decided to use non-resident Indian supporters of her party and of the Naxals to propagate the anti-CPI(M) campaign over Nandigram. Mamata and her Naxal allies have already chosen three influential NRIs for this task. Trinamool sources said these people have begun their campaign among the Bengali community.



Nandigram cousin born in Burdwan

June 21, 2007

Nandigram cousin born in Burdwan

Asansol June 20: The land agitation in Purushottampur came under a formal political umbrella today with the Opposition floating a Bhoomi Uchchhed Pratirodh Committee, like the one in Nandigram.

Trinamul Congress leader Partha Chatterjee today visited the village, in Burdwan district’s Asansol sub-division, accompanied by members of the Congress, SUCI, BJP and a Naxalite faction.

Chatterjee, the leader of the Opposition, threatened to “paralyse normal life in Asansol” if the 126 men and women arrested on Sunday were not released within 48 hours.

The Purushottampur residents were handcuffed after they clashed with the police while trying to prevent the takeover of 240 acres for the modernisation of the IISCO Steel Plant.

Chatterjee urged the villagers to join the Pratirodh Committee to campaign for their demands. “We are fighting to give the farmers and land losers justice in Singur and Nandigram. Come with us, we will fight for you.”

Villagers who attended the meeting — most of them were women — shouted slogans and raised hands in support.

The leaders warned the government against “playing” with the lives of the the poor villagers.

“The IISCO Steel Plant authorities will have to provide a permanent job to at least one member from each (land loser) family and higher compensation. The administration will have to withdraw policemen from the village, or else we will go for a more aggressive agitation,” Trinamul leader Moloy Ghatak said.

The residents of Purushottampur are happy that the politicians are lending them a helping hand.

“If the leaders can help us, what’s wrong with it? Mamata Banerjee is fighting for the poor land losers in Singur and Nandigram. We are happy that she has sent her representatives to us. We have requested Partha Chatterjee to get our husbands and sons back from jail,” said 35-year-old Moyna Roy.

Seventy-two-year old Gouri Roy, whose two unemployed sons were arrested on Sunday, fell at Chatterjee’s feet and wept. “Please bring back my sons home. I am poor and aged. I cannot live alone.”

The Trinamul leader also met the managing director of the steel plant, Nilotpal Roy, and demanded permanent jobs for the land losers.

Reacting to the Opposition’s threats, Burdwan district magistrate Manish Jain said the government would take action against anybody trying to disrupt peace.

“We fixed the rate of compensation after discussing everything in detail with the villagers. We don’t know who are instigating them against us,” he said.

CPM leaders reiterated that they would tell villagers to “come out of the Opposition’s trap.”

“We won’t allow the Trinamul or any other Opposition party to turn Purushottampur into another Singur or Nandigram,” said Partha Mukherjee, the Asansol zonal committee secretary.

The Telegraph