The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
Condemn Killing of CPI(M) Cadres in West Bengal
The Trinamul Congress-Congress alliance backed by the Maoists hasunleashed a vicious campaign of terror and violence against the cadresand workers of the CPI(M) after the announcement of the Lok Sabhaelections.
In the month of March upto now eight cadres and activists of the CPI(M)have been brutally killed in various parts of West Bengal. Five comradeswere killed on a single day, March 18, in four separate incidents.
Sohrab Dewan in Raina and Bejoy Sahu in Titagarh of Burdwan districtwere killed by Trimanul goons.
Gopal Mandal, Local Committee Secretary in East Behrampur, Murshidabadwas killed by Congress miscreants Durga Deshwali, Local Committee member of the Party and Santosh Mahatoin Belpahari in West Midnapore district were shot dead by a Maoist gang.
On March 17, Ansar Ali was killed by TMC goons at village Patiram. Onthe same day, the body of Himadri Patra, a staunch CPI(M) worker who hadbeen kidnapped, was found.
On March 12, Saiyad Ali Bhuinya, Zonal Committee member of the CPI(M)was shot dead by Trinamul goons in Bankura.
These killings were preceded by seven murders of CPI(M) workers andtheir family members in the month of February.
These targetted assassinations of CPI(M) cadres is part of a nefariousdesign by the Trinamul Congress and its Maoist collaborators to createterror and disrupt the CPI(M) and Left Front's election campaign and tointimidate their supporters.
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) denounces this violence resorted to bythe anti-Left opposition. The CPI(M) appeals to all democratic forces tocondemn these brutal attacks. The people of West Bengal will not becowed down by such violent tactics.